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More may yet be learned about the late seventeenth-century voyagers, but until then Weddle is the best source for their stories. Weddle rightly calls attention to the generation (1539±61) during which Spain's approach to North America was via the Gulf Coast. De Soto reoriented the Spanish approach to La Florida by using Cuba as a staging base. Luna used Mexico for his base and tried to colonize at Pensacola and on the Alabama River (1559±61). Luna's failure and Spanish concerns about possible French or Scots colonization of the Point of Santa Elena (Tybee Island, GA) after 1559 ended this approach to North America.

The most important recent book on the early years of the permanent Spanish colonization of La Florida is Eugene Lyon (1976). Lyon examined the ``enterprise of Florida'' as a business venture whose financial aspects are perhaps uniquely well documented, from the Crown's expenditures and gifts to him to what Pedro MeneÂndez de AvileÂs claimed (in lawsuits) he had spent or caused associates to spend. Lyon also looked at the social connections among the Asturians who were the Adelantado's key supporters and the ruling elite of the new colony.

Perdue, Theda 1998a: Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700±1835. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Perdue, Theda 1998b: Indians in Southern History. In Frederick E. ), Indians in American History: An Introduction, 2nd edn. Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 121±39. Rountree, Helen C. 1989: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Their Traditional Culture. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Rountree, Helen C. ) 1993: Powhatan Foreign Relations, 1500±1722. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

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