Paul E. Hoffman's pathbreaking, broadly researched book focuses on a neglected part of colonial history -- that concerning southeastern North America during the sixteenth century. Hoffman discusses the patterns of and motives for explorations in the region, efforts at colonization, and revalries between the French, Spanish, and English. He reveals the ways in which the explorers’ expectations—fueled by legends—crumbled in the face of difficulties encountered along the southeastern coast. The first book to link the earliest voyages with the explorations of the sixteenth century and the settlement of later colonies, Hoffman’s work is an important reassessment of southern colonial history.
"La Florida: An excellent and thorough discussion of a century of forgotten exploration of the southeastern coast of what became the United States. If history turned out in a slightly different manner, we could be speaking French or Spanish, rather than English." --Philip Wiesner (Amazon user published 2009-01-04)
"In tying together the initial voyages of discovery and the creation of legends, Spanish settlement efforts, diplomatic treaties, the publication of books on geography and exploration, the sharing of information by the English and the French, and the follow-up voyages, Hoffman tells a fascinating story." --Amazon reader