Daniel Garrison Brinton 1837-1899, physician, anthropologist. Born in Thornbury Township, PA. was a pioneer in the field of academic anthropology. As with most academics in the 19th century, his wealth allowed him the freedom to pursue other studies.
“Notes on the Floridian Peninsula, its Literary History, Indian Tribes and Antiquities” is a book about Florida history written in 1859, reprinted in 1969. Uses an incredible amount of reference material. If I needed reference to primary source material concerning early Florida history – this is it. There are some things we now know not to be true, but we must consider when it was written. His literary history documents sources of Spanish, French, English, and American history, and also the Native Americans who lived in Florida.
The section on Native Americans covers both what was known of indigenous tribes Apalachees, Caloosa, and Ais, as well as the Creek/Seminole migration. His section on antiquities covers investigations of shell mounds and other ancient areas.
In keeping with my main interests this book contains geographic, geological, flora, and fauna information. The appendix about Silver Springs and the Oklewaha River (his spelling) are particularity interesting.
This fascinating book gives a perspective of Florida history that we seldom see. I was able to get a copy from the University of Central Florida library. Another book I would recommend is John Lee Williams Territory of Florida around 1839, there are electronic copies around for free.
7 thoughts on “The Floridian Peninsula – Daniel G. Brinton 1859”
You can’t beat the old books 🙂
Especially if you want to learn what Florida was really like.
Great! I’m very interested, thanks for sharing, Frank
Happy to share. There are more coming soon. Currently reading John Kunkel Small and Charles Torrey Simpson. Naturalists from the early 1900s.
Thanks for letting me know a out this book Frank as a Floridian I find it very exciting.
I hope you enjoy it. Check out John Lee Williams too. These books are a bit dry – but packed with info.