Before the Pioneers
Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami
University Press of Florida 2017
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in ArchaeologyNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Native American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network February 14, 2018 Nathaniel Millett
In this interview, we discuss Andrew Frank‘s most recent book, Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami (University Press of Florida, 2017). The book is a concise and authoritative history of the region where modern-day Miami is located. Before the Pioneers, begins thousands of years in the past and places great emphasis on understanding the role that native people played in the history of south Florida. Borrowing extensively from archaeology, Before the Pioneers is a timely re-imaging of Miami’s history that places the native experience at the center of its narrative.
Andrew Frank is the Allen Morris Professor of History at Florida State University. His primary research interest is the Native Southeast.