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The Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida, 1513-1870 Paperback – December 1, 1965

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About the Author

Michael Gannon is a Professor of History and the author of Operation Drumbeat, Black May, and a novel, "Secret Missions," He lives in Gainesville, FL.
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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813007763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813007762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on June 22, 2007
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America in the 21st century is changing and how we see our past should as well. Certain censues offer clear snapshots on where America is at a particular moment. 1890-the frontier is closed. 1920-more people living in urban areas than rural ones. 2000-for the first time there are more Hispanics in America than African Americans. This fact may change a great deal of how we look at the past. As opposed to North-South conflicts, historians may focus on East-West conflicts. Instead of talking about Massachusetts and Virginia, historians may focus on Florida, Texas and California. Instead of Abraham Lincoln being the dominant president of the nineteenth century, either Andrew Jackson or James K. Polk may be. Instead of focusing on Puritans and evangelicals, historians need to focus on Catholicism.

Michael Gannon, the dean of Florida historians, offers an excellent and readable look at the founding of the Catholic church in Florida. Focusing on St. Augustine and east Florida (Gannon is simply not as interested in central Florida or Pensacola as he is in his home area), Gannon offers an interesting portrait of cantakerous parish leaders, Jesuit missionaries, conquisdors, Franciscan martyrs and frustrated bishops. It is a fascinating tale and Gannon tells it well. The chief problem with the book is Gannon often seems a bit too breezy as decades seem to go by in mere paragraphs. Gannon is often a bit too partisan as well such as when he goes out of his way to justify Pedro Menendez's bloody actions at Matanzas yet condemning James Moore for employing crude military tactics.

Still, minor flaws aside, Gannon offers a readable account of the founding of the Catholic Church in the United States. American history starts not in Jamestown or off Cape Cod but at St.
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I was doing the history of the church on Amelia Island. This book provided countless bits of insight into life during the Franciscan Missionary influence from Georgia to St. Augustine, Fl. Dr. Gannon is wonderful with a pen.
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