Genres and Themes

The contents to this website groups work in loose historical periods. This index, across periods and genres, invites exploration across genres and/or chronological divides. The GENRE of each work is indicated by capital letters, topics/themes in lower case. For topical subjects (“alligators,” “Pensacola,” etc.), use the search function on the top right of the home page. This tool is meant to invite comparison across different categories and compartments, helping us to see an otherwise scattered literature in news ways. Enjoy!

CAPTIVITY, NARRATIVES OF: Barber, Cabeza de Vaca, Dickinson, El Inca Garcilaso, Escalante Fontaneda, Godfrey, Ore, Smith

Catholicism (see religion)

CHRONICLES/RELATIONS: Cabeza de Vaca, Le Challeux, Fidalgo de Elvas, Garcilaso de la Vega, Kimber, Ranjel, Hernández de Biedma, Las Casas; see Explorers-Invaders

circulation, textual (see translation/transmission): Godfrey, Herrera y Tordesillas, Martyr d’Anghiera, Ore, Paiva

conversion, religious: Ore, Escobedo, Paiva, Pareja; see also Native Americans

De Soto, Hernando: see Chronicles-Relations; see also Explorers-Invaders page

environment, portrayals of: Bartram (John), Bartram (William), de Brahm, Flores, “Have You Not Heard of Florida?,” Herrera y Tordesillas, Hutchins, Jarvis, Kimber, Ribault, Romans, Stork; see also alligators, exoticism, NATURAL HISTORY, storms

exchange, cultural: Cabeza de Vaca, Escalante Fontaneda, Escobedo, El Inca Garcilaso, Laudonniere, Le Moyne, Paiva, Ore, Pareja, Escobedo, Dickinson, Hinachuba, Bartram (William)

exchange, linguistic: Cabeza de Vaca, Dickinson, Pareja

exoticism: Castellanos, Chateaubriand, “Have you not heard of Florida?,” Martyr d’Anghiera; Thevet; see also “fountain of youth”

FICTION: Chateaubriand, Howison

fountain of youth: Castellanos, Flores, Escalante Fontaneda, Herrera y Tordesillas, Martyr d’Anghiera, Simms

GEOGRAPHY: de Brahm, Hutchins, Romans, Stork

HISTORY: Herrera y Tordesillas, El Inca Garcilaso, Ranjel

MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY: Allen, Hammon, Jarvis, Laudonniere, Le Moyne, Le Challeux, Pilot, see also, CAPTIVITIES, CHRONICLES-RELATIONS

native americans, portrayals of: Barber, Bartram (William), Castellanos, Chateaubriand, Dickinson, Escobedo, El Inca Garcilaso, Godfrey, Jarvis, Las Casas, Le Moyne, “Seminole War Poetry,” Smith; see also, native americans, religion of; Explorers-Invaders, Encounters

native americans, religion of: Cabeza de Vaca, Escobedo, Le Moyne, Ore, Paiva, Pareja

NATURAL HISTORY: Bartram (John), Bartram (William), Hutchins, Romans, Stork


Paradise: “Have You Not Heard of Florida?,” Ribault; see, exoticism

PETITIONS: Cabeza de Vaca (Joint Report), Hinachuba, “Request to the King

POETRY, BROADSIDE: Sheelah; HISTORICAL, Castellanos, Galvez, Le Challeux, Lescarbot, Seall, Simms, Flores; IDYLLIC; “Have You Not Heard of Florida?,” Baxter; RELIGIOUS: Escobedo

religion, as source of conflict: Cabeza de Vaca, Ore

religion, conversion: Paiva, Pareja; see also, native americans)

religion, and reform: Hinachuba, Las Casas; Slave Songs of the United States

shipwrecks: Allen, Cabeza de Vaca, Dickinson, Laudonniere, “Sheelah,” Escalante Fontaneda

slavery (African): Bartram, Dickinson, Godfrey, Hammon, Howison, Menendez; Slave Songs of the United States

storms:  Allen, Cabeza de Vaca, Laudonniere, Ribault, “Sheelah

suffering (privation): Allen, Barber, Cabeza de Vaca, Castellanos, Le Challeux, Dickinson, Escalante Fontaneda, Hammon, Hinachuba, Kimber, Ore, “Request to the King,” Smith

translation: Cabeza de Vaca, El Inca Garcilaso, Hinachuba, Ore, Paiva, Pareja

TRAVEL: Bartram (John), Bartram (William), Dickinson, Le Challeux, Hawkins, Kimber, Ribault, “Sheelah,Thevet; see also, Explorers-Invaders