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Experience UWF: "Defining and Defending the Borders of La Florida​"
Start Date: 4/16/2019Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 4/16/2019End Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description:
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. 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
Reception: 5:30 - 6 p.m.
Panel Presentation Museum of Commerce: 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.
Location Information:
Downtown Pensacola  (View Map)
Pensacola, FL

Historic Pensacola - Museum of Commerce  (View Map)
201 East Zaragoza Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: 850.595.5985
Contact Information:
Name: College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Phone: 850.474.3227
Who Can Attend?
  • Current Students
  • Prospective Students
  • Students' Families
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni
  • General Public
  • Division/College:
    College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities - Office of the Dean
  • Equity and Diversity

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    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations is requested to advise UWF by contacting ADA Program Office 850.474.2694 or 711 (TTY) at least two (2) business days prior to the event. For information or to submit a request, visit the Public Event Accommodation Page or email

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