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Spring 2012

Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges

A public conference commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de León on Florida shores

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2012

The public is invited. Admission is free of charge.





Related Events

Exhibition - Souvenir Maps and Plates of Florida (HistoryMiami-Fall 2011)

“Legacies: Five Hundred Years of Florida History from the UM Special Collections”

Otto G. Richter Library

Guided tours will be presented through this exhibition which will highlight the rich and diverse history of Florida from the Spanish landfall until the present.  The exhibition includes materials from both the Richter Library Special Collections and the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Theater, dance, and performance events in Spanish related to the Spanish-Florida relationship since 1513 (Centro Cultural Español-Miami)

Map Exhibition-The Coral Gables Museum
(España-Florida Foundation: 500 years)

Poster-Speech-Essay competition on "Florida at the Crossroads: 500 years of Encounters, Conflicts and Exchanges." 4th, 8th, and 11th grades. (Miami-Dade County Public Schools)

September 2, 2011 (8:00 pm) - Books & Books, Coral Gables
BookTalk by Jan Nijman - Miami: Mistress of the Americas

September 15, 2011 (7:00 pm) - Storer Auditorium

Lecture by Nilo Cruz: Cuban-American playwright and 2003 Pulitzer Prize recipient for Anna in the Tropics

October 11, 2011 (12:00 pm) - CAS Gallery

María Antonia Sáinz Sastre, Florida in the XVI Century: Discovery and Conquest

Spring 2013
Exhibition - Florida 500YRS: Changing Boundaries, Changing Faces

Spain-Florida Foundation and other institutions like the Frost Art Museum

Spain-Florida Summary


‌Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities