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History buffs will delight in getting together with like-minded lovers of history to explore the rich history of Charlotte County. We will host guest authors and historians tp present the four centuries of Charlotte County and Punta Gorda history beginning with the Spanish fores entering the harbor in 1539 and establishing their camp in present-day El Jobean section of Port Charlotte. We will sponsor outing and field trips and conduct research leading to publication and the protection of historic sites.

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Tragedy and Survival on the early 19th-century Florida Gulf Coast

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Dr. Uzi Baram, a distinguished professor of anthropology at the New College in Sarasota will present on the heritage of the Black Seminole on the Gulf Coast before 1821. Archaeology is revealing the magnitude of Spanish " La Florida" as a haven of freedom from slavery. From the Apalachicola River in 1816 to the Manatee River in 1821, freedom-seeking people fought for their liberty by use of Florida rivers. Dr. Baram illustrates how research has changed the image of the people known as escaped slaves and how the research creates a new heritage tourism for this part of the Florida peninsula. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this presentation, members of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society will also attend and participate.

Pirates and Plantations Field Trip

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Join with the members of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society for a summer doldrums field trip. Think of it as "Pirates of the Caribbean" meets "Gone with the Wind". We will have a wonderful day with a guided tour in the beautiful ( air conditioned )Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk, downtown Tampa. Tampa Bay, now an international port city, had its meager beginning with Charlotte Harbor in the[masked]s competing for the Cuban cattle trade. We ended up getting the cattle trade, but they got everything else. We will take most the day there and have our lunch at the Colombian Café before driving to The Gamble Mansion, Plantation and Confederate Memorial. We have a presentation by historian professor Diane Wallman on the Gamble site for the historical society on September 10th at the Wintergarden Presbyterian Church. You can reserve your seat using paypal: bill straus (732)[masked] or mail a check to Charlotte County Florida Historical Society, 749 Merrick Lane NW, Port Charlotte FL 33948

Confronting the Lost Cause, Changing Narratives of the Gamble Plantation

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Dr. Diane Wallman of the University of South Florida, will present on the historical narrative of the Gamble Plantation in Ellenton, FL. First established by Robert Gamble along the Manatee River in the mid-19th century. Gamble sugar platation had as many as 200 slaves. In 1937 the Daughters of the Confederacy, who owned the site erected a memorial to Confederate Veterans on October 10, 1937. Equally controversal was a memorial honoring Judah P. Benjamin, who served as the Secretary of the Confederacy under Jefferson Davis. Benjamin hid in the mansion until his escape to England after the war. Wallman will discuss the shifting historical narrative around this controversial state park.

The Rosewood Massacre

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A very special evening with Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, author of The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeological History of Intersectional Violence. This is part of our society's Centennial Celebration Lecture Series, and commemorates the publishing of a paperback version of Mr. Gonzalez-Tennants's book. The Rosewood massacre was a racially motivated massacre of black people and destruction of a black town that took place during the first week of January 1923 in rural Levy County, Florida. At least six black people and two white people were killed, though eyewitness accounts suggested a higher death toll of 27 to 150. The town of Rosewood was destroyed, in what contemporary news reports characterized as a race riot. Racial disturbances were common during the early 20th century in the United States, reflecting the nation's rapid social changes. Florida had an especially high number of lynchings of black males in the years before the massacre, including a well-publicized incident in December 1922. This event is being shared with the membership and guests of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society. More to come.

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Foraging For Food, Edible Plants in South Florida

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