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Apalachee: A Novel Paperback – March 1, 2002

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Known mainly for her YA novels (To Spoil the Sun), Hudson turns to adult fiction in this sweeping novel of Native American life during the early colonial period. The focus is on the eponymous Apalachee people, the Native tribe that dominated northeastern Florida before the coming of Europeans. By the early 18th century, in which the story is set, the Apalachee have been greatly reduced by disease and other dislocations brought by the Spanish invaders. Besides sicknesses against which the Indians had no natural defenses, the Europeans also brought another influence, Christianity. The new religion has had devastating effects upon the tribe, undermining traditional culture and dividing family members against each other. Lucia, a member of the Hinachuba clan, has, like her mother and grandmother, resisted conversion to Christianity. Despite the fact that the old religious centers lie in ruins, they try to keep the old ways alive. A medicine man's's vision tells Lucia she is to be the White Sun Woman, the priestess of the tribe. Meanwhile, more pressing concerns intervene. Armed by the English, a neighboring Creek tribe stages raids on the Apalachee mission settlements. War between Spain and England looms, promising doom for the Apalachee caught in the middle. Lucia, now married to Carlos, a Christian convert groomed by Spanish priests to be the chief of the Apalachee, is captured and sold into slavery. Carlos's struggle to recover his wife, who is toiling at a turpentine plantation in the colony of Carolina, seems hopeless. Spanning the years from 1704 to 1715, this melancholy book chronicles multiple conflicts between Spanish and English, the details of plantation existence and the ultimate destruction of the Apalachee way of life. An historical note and extensive bibliography demonstrate the author's attempt at verisimilitude. Despite employing a somewhat romantic and elegiac tone, Hudson presents the Apalachee as real human characters and evokes their culture vividly. (Apr.)
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In Hudson's deeply involving novel, a dimly lighted corner of U.S. history receives deserved illumination. As the author explains in a prologue, the Apalachee people were indigenous inhabitants of the area of the Florida Panhandle around the present city of Tallahassee. First came Spanish conquistadors, and then English settlers arrived on the scene. The Apalachees were caught in the vise between the two colonial powers, much to their distress, a situation Hudson develops in her sensitive but robust historical novel. She follows the declining fortunes of a young Apalachee, Hinachuba Lucia, as she comes to womanhood in her native settlement but falls victim to the disgusting policy practiced by the English in their colony of Carolina: arming Creek Indians for raids into Apalachee territory for the purpose of capturing men, women, and children to be brought back to Carolina as slaves. As a slave stationed far away from her home, Lucia has a life so different than what she knew; and her world is thrown off course even further when she is dispatched for slave duty in Jamaica. Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (March 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820324027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820324029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,567,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Apalachee will be remembered as a riveting story of historical fiction, with a love story rivaling the talents of Lamour and a colorful description of everyday life and faith for our native people reminiscent of the Gears. The relationship between the natives, the Spanish, the English and the French brings an exciting setting to a complicated and exhillarating story. The sympathy between the natives and the Africans brings recognition to a common bond of injustice. Overall an excellent plot and character development that ensures I'll be reading Hudson again.
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Apalachee is a story taking place from 1704 - 1716 in the area of Florida and the Carolinas. Lucia is an Apalachee Indian, granddaughter of Isabel, the White Sun Woman of her clan. This story is full of the rich history of a time not well known about. There is romance between Lucia and Carlos, as well as Charity and Isaac. This is a tale of two families bound together by Lucia and her struggle to survive in her world which is being forced to follow Christianity as well as her struggle to survive once she is taken as a slave and ends up in Charity's household. How will Lucia continue to serve as the White Sun Woman while living in a so called civilized world. Will Lucia find a way to return to Carlos? Isaac is green to the ways of the new world. He falls in love with Charity but it is not to be, as her father wishes to solidify the families fortune by having her marry her cousin, Henry, whom Charity fears. The richness of the story transports you to a long ago time. It was not a fast read, sometimes slow, but I found that fit the timeframe of the story. It was a good visit to a time I did not know much about.
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When I first started this book, I wasn't sure that I would want to continue with it. It took a while to get into some of the detail regarding Indian culture. I guess I was expecting mind candy and actually found meat and potatoes! As the previous reviewer said, this is definitely not a quick read, at least not at first, but please stick with it. It is so touching without being cheap. I feel like I got a double bonus- an detailed look into Indian life and lore plus a romantic historical story. What I think I loved the most about this is that there was no doubt at all that what you witnessed between Carlos and Lucia was true love, a love that stayed with them during the long time they were apart. Unfortunately, even though you find that love conquers all, sometimes life happens, and the results turned out to be so sad. It was also so disturbing to know that the encounters that the Indians had with the English were all too accurate. It was definitely worth taking your time and savoring this book. This was indeed a quality labor of love.
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