Every Florida Book Project

The Earliest Written Works about Florida

Thomas Hallock, a professor of English, Literature & Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida, has compiled all the earliest written accounts of Florida at earlyforidalit.net. 


Hallock has included written works ranging from 1513-1843 of any kind and length. Most works are available to read on the site. Below is a list of links to those works, in the order that they appear on the site. 

Early Visions / 1513-1606

Explorers-Invaders / 1528-1575

  • Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
  • De Soto Chronicles:
  1. Fidalgo de Elvas (Gentleman of Elvas), Relaçam Verdadeira
  2. El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, La Florida (Book 2:1, ch. 1-6)
  3. Rodrigo Ranjel, Account [of] De Soto, from Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Historia general y natural de las Indias [under construction]
  4. Luys Hernández de Biedma, Relación de la Isla de Florida [under construction]
  • Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, Memoir


French-St. Augustine / 1561-1612


Encounters / 1597-1743


Colony-Colonia / 1763-1800

  • John Bartram, Diary
  • William Bartram:
  • Bernardo de Galvez:


Romance-Captivities-Removals / 1801-1843