Free Virtual Conference: Society for the History of Discoveries - Nov. 18-20, 2021

Lydia Towns Discussion

Society for the History of Discoveries’ 2021 Virtual Conference

November 18-20

Registration is FREE and open to the public

(Registration is required)

 Theme: Changing Tides: Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans on the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast of the southern United States has been an area of intense human activity for millenia. Native Americans hunted and fished, developed agriculture, and produced works of art in this region as early as 11,000 BCE. Vast trade networks stretched across the land and water. Europeans entered the scene in the 16th century with destructive expeditions led by Panfilo de Narváez and Hernando de Soto. Enslaved Africans also were brought to Spanish Florida in the 16th century. The Gulf Coast saw increased exploration and settlement, cultural exchange, and exploitation — indeed, the ensuing centuries brought intensified and continuous change. This fascinating region offers the inspiration for our conference.

In addition to papers discussing this theme, we are excited to have both the winners of our Graduate and Undergraduate prizes presenting this year, along with a wide range of additional papers on the themes of exploration and discoveries.

To view the full program and to register for the conference see the following link.