Food is more than the stuff of life; it is an important part of our heritage and culture that defines us as a people. How do we know what we know about food in colonial Florida? Cathy Parker demonstrates for her audience how information from the written historical record, together with evidence from the archaeological record, has answered this question time after time – giving us a more complete picture, for example, of early life in la Florida. She shows that careful comparison of archaeological evidence – in the form of bones, shells, and burned seeds; with appropriate documentary evidence – in the form of letters, inventories, requisitions, and church records – is very much like solving a mystery or a puzzle. Cathy presents examples of foods the colonial settlers craved, compared to what they actually had to eat (if they were lucky!). She also recreates the standard European military ration, which, with few minor changes, would be readily recognized as “home cooking” by any soldier in the 15th – 19th centuries. Handouts with recipes will be provided, and questions are encouraged.
There will be two presentations of this program on the same day. One at 11 AM at the Port St. Joe Library and one at 2 PM at the Wewahitchka Library.
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