Jane G. Landers

Historical Consultation


Mission San Luis Historic & Archaeological Site

Mission San Luis was the former western capital of Spanish Florida and was established by Apalachee Indians in what is today Tallahassee, Florida. Historians and archaeologists have worked together for several decades to research this site and Executive Director Dr. Bonnie McEwan was recently honored at the White House for "painstaking effort...to ensure the highest level of historical accuracy" in the reconstruction of the site. I have consulted on this site for over a decade and have enjoyed seeing the plans materialized in beautiful reconstructions of an Apalachee Council House,a Franciscan church, a fort, and other structures as well as an impressive museum exhibit.  

"Fort Mose: Colonial America's Black Fortress of Freedom" 

Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose was a town established in 1738 by escaped slaves who fled from Carolina and became free in Spanish Florida. My research on this town was the basis for a major traveling exhibit and catalog, a video, and teaching materials produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 

Mose is now a National Historic Landmark and the State of Florida is developing a new museum at the site, which is two miles north of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

"St. Augustine: America's Ancient City"

The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida has created this website which presents years of historical and archaeological research on the oldest permanently occupied European city in what is today the United States. The website incorporates much of my research on enslaved and free persons of African descent in Spanish Florida., www.flmnh.ufl.edu/staugustine 

Additional Museum and Historical Site Projects

"The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: A View of the Transatlantic Passage in Trade, 1650-1750".  http://www.melfisher.org/henriettamarie/background.htm 

"A Muted Heritage: African American & Native American Interactions and Relations in the Southeast," Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

"African Americans at the Belle Meade Plantation", Nashville, TN, www.bellemeadeplantation.com

"Black Warriors of the Seminole"

WUFT, at the University of Florida, produced this documentary which won the Suncoast Regional Emmy. I provided much of the research based on Spanish sources and continue to research and publish on Black Seminoles.

"The Florida Story"

Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc. produced this documentary series for which I was interviewed and provided research on Spanish Florida.

Education and Public Outreach

Lead Scholar, NEH Landmarks in American History Seminar, St. Augustine, www.flahum.org/st_augustine/index.html

"The Underground Railroad " National Park Service study, http://www.nps.gov/casa/home/ftmose.htm

Mellon Advisory Board Jamestown

"Virtual St. Augustine," Advisory Board

African Diaspora and Africa Catalog, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Florida Heritage Education Project, Florida Department of State


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