Florida Conversations: Why Tampa Bay’s History is America’s First History

Many Floridians are unaware of their state’s deep Spanish roots. Author Dr. Kevin Kokomoor will discuss important Spanish legacies unique to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in TECO Hall at the History Center. Learn how Spanish seafarers interacted with the region and how shipwrecks impacted the west coast of Florida and its development.

Kokomoor, a fourth-generation Floridian and Early Americanist, has taught at Coastal Carolina University since 2012. His research and publications focus on the Southeast and Native Southeast, the Early Republican and Federalist Eras, and frontiers and borderlands, including his recent book with the University of Nebraska Press.

Florida Conversations, the History Center’s long-running free lecture series, features diverse perspectives on Florida’s history. Attend in person or join via Zoom by registering in advance. Recorded lectures are available on the History Center’s YouTube channel.