(St. Augustine, Fla.) – On Tuesday, March 3rd, the monthly meeting of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association will be held. A talk will be given by Rachel L. Sanderson titled, Cemeteries, Documents, and Technology: Bringing Everyday Life in Colonial Florida to a Global Audience.

La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas is a unique collaborative initiative, combining innovative historical research with cutting-edge technology. The site offers users a multidisciplinary perspective of colonial Florida’s rich history, a history that extends far beyond what we think of as ‘Florida’ today. In the sixteenth century, the “Provinces of La Florida” extended up the entire Atlantic coastline and inland to the Mississippi River. Yet despite Spain’s claim to the region, its sovereignty over Florida was always tenuous, and often contested. For more than three centuries, competing colonial powers, free and enslaved blacks, and Native Americans interacted to shape Florida’s unique and diverse landscape.

La Florida is a dynamic site with exciting new content added regularly. The site houses a searchable population database with information about thousands of men and women of all backgrounds who lived in colonial Florida.

In addition, the site features interactive maps, digital exhibits, images, videos, original documents, and more. The collaborative nature of this project brings together historical content and technical innovation in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago.

At La Florida we are committed to building an enduring, open access site that will:

Promote innovative new scholarship on the history of colonial Florida, and its place in US and world history

Develop technologically advanced learning material to make primary sources accessible for all users

Provide unique research and publishing opportunities for students and scholars

Build institutional partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration

Engage a global audience through thought-provoking research and creative technology

“Cemeteries, Documents, and Technology: Bringing Everyday Life in Colonial Florida to a Global Audience” will highlight the ways in which rigorous academic research in collaboration with cutting-edge technology and preservation efforts can foster institutional partnerships and bring the history of everyday life in Colonial Florida to a global audience.

The presentation will focus on an initiative titled, Europeans, Indians, and Africans: Lost Voices from America’s Oldest Parish Archive, 1594-1821, a project designed to make St. Augustine’s diocesan archives accessible to a global audience. Together, these ecclesiastical records provide unparalleled insight into the daily lives of colonial St. Augustine’s multi-ethnic inhabitants, and the relationships between the settlement’s European, African, and Indian residents.

The event is free and opened to the public. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM in the Flagler Room on the Flagler College Campus, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084.