An exciting research mission is underway to Seville Spain to uncover lost Brevard County
Similar to a Dan Brown novel, an expedition of students are on their way to discover Florida lost history from the 17th century. A Dr. Michael Francis of the University of North Florida is sending students to Seville Spain to examine ancient Spanish manuscripts to discover information about the Spanish and the Native Cultures of Florida. One student is assigned to research the ancient manuscripts pertaining to Brevard County to learn more about the Ays (Ais) Indians.
In 1605 there was a diplomatic mission by Alvero Mexia to the Ais Indians which not only produced a detailed map of the East Coast of Florida but also resulted in a “Period of Friendship” with the local indigenous tribes- this is just one item of research.
Student Arthur Tarratus recently said, “I actually had been transcribing Mexia’s derrotero this past week and finished up probably at the same time Dr. Francis was giving his talks. I was pretty darned excited to find it! The derrotero itself is about three or pages of a file of about 70 pages of letters from Pedro de Ybarra to the king and there is much to be gleaned from in there as I really dig in. I would be very happy to do some justice to it. So, in that larger sense I want to thank this list for the constant enthusiasm here, and so obviously demonstrated in Dr. Francis’ visit. Great times.”
The students and the Professor are leaving May 2nd for their exciting journey. To assist with
the financing of this trip a fundraiser has been planned by local historian Ray Osborne. A slide presentation on the ancient lost tribes of Florida will be given at the Satellite Beach Library from
10:30 to 71130 May 5th,
751 Jamaica Blvd.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937