John M. Goggin


From the viewpoint of anthropological analysis one of the most interesting aspects of the study of man is what happens when two cultures meet. When is there an integration of elements, and when an overwhelming of one culture by the other? Precisely what happened when the Spanish and Indians came together has been a fascinating subject of study by many archaeologists in Florida in recent years. It was exactly this problem which turned us from our study of the missions where Spanish priests and Indians came together to a consideration of the similar meeting of Spanish soldiers and Indians. Fort Pupo, being a small outpost, has been examined with the hope of shedding some light on this problem. Our historical and archeological study, although limited, gives us information on this problem and also archeological evidence which parallels the historical accounts for the region.