Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800

Volume 2: Portable Personal Possessions

By Kathleen Deagan; K. Deagan
Smithsonian Books (DC), Hardcover, 9781588340351, 528pp.

Publication Date: June 2002

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This long-awaited follow-up to Deagan’s first volume on ceramics, glassware, and beads focuses on the portable personal objects owned and used by the residents of Spanish colonial America. These objects are not only of Spanish origin; the collection includes many English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and American pieces as well. Deagan not only provides an authoritative source of identification for these items but also draws extensively on colonial documents, travel accounts, paintings, and museum collections, as well as other contemporary sources to suggest specific functions of the items and the meanings they held for the people who used them. She documents and demonstrates how the objects were made and exchanged in the Americas, and explores how they embody Hispanic cultural identities, attitudes, and belief systems.

About the Author
Kathleen Deagan is a Distinguished Research Curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and adjunct Professor of Anthropology, History and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. She has conducted fieldwork in St. Augustine since 1972, and in the Caribbean since 1979.

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