Experience UWF: "Defining and Defending the Borders of La Florida​"

201 East Zaragoza Street Pensacola, FL

Join us on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, for "Defining and Defending the Borders of La Florida​," the final installment of the 2018-2019 Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. This event is being held in partnership with UWF Founders Week. Through time, Pensacola has been a landscape defined by shifting borders. It is one of the oldest, key tactical positions in North America. The strategic history of Pensacola dates from the initial settlement attempt by Luna in 1559 through the various Spanish, British, French and American periods of occupation. The use of Florida's geography for critical military campaigns spans several wars, including the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Panelists will underscore the impact on indigenous populations displaced through these European settlements and border wars. Florida's geography was also critical for European trade, agriculture and exploitation of natural resources, and harboring of fugitive slaves. In many ways, it was a wild and contested borderland. This interdisciplinary panel featuring two UWF faculty experts and two guest speakers will examine the important roles of Northwest Florida in determining the geographic border of the New World. Panelists will address the fascinating history behind defining Florida as a discrete territory. And they will conclude by highlighting the contemporary relevance of border disputes in Florida. At a very local level, territorial disputes continue to shape the coastal landscape - this time focusing on the fight between waterfront property owners and the general public over beach access. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Museum of Commerce, 201 E. Zaragoza St. Reception: 5:30 - 6 p.m. Panel Presentation 6 - 7 p.m. *The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This event is held in partnership with UWF Founders Week and is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and UWF Equity & Diversity. It is also funded in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series.