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Quote of the Day from the Governor of Spanish Florida

Quote of the Day from the Governor of Spanish Florida

Crackers are nomadic like Arabs and, distinguished from the savages only in their color, language and superiority of their depraved cunning and unruliness.

Vicente Manuel de Céspedes

Governor of Spanish East Florida – 1784

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

7 Comments

  1. csmoke@webound.com'

    how explicitly said, senore, .. and the horse you rode in on.

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  2. Note the two men gawking at the Crackers from behind the plank fence. One is wearing a top hat.

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  3. kkakins@gmail.com'

    I had no idea this “term of endearment” was so old.

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  4. abbahawk@hotmail.com'

    1784? So there was a letter “K” in the Spanish alphabet in Florida at that time? .

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  5. justawriter22@gmail.com'

    I Take cold comfort in the fact that some of mine walked around leading a spavined mule, yet hawking his load of new made trap wares. Good gawd, who knew?
    thanks for my cackle this early morn.
    and the smile I’m wearing….take care.
    May your steps fall softly, with ease.

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  6. iwg42@hotmail.com'

    Coming from a Spaniard that is quite a compliment. My cracker ancestors thank you.

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  7. promland1@hotmail.com'

    we all breathe the same ayuh

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