From Conch to Launch

Native Americans  used shells for various purpose. Large shells such as whelks and conch were very popular. With 100% certainty, my Injun ancestor used these shells and would have used these shells for centuries more, if not for my Spanish and other European ancestors. Floridian and other Southeastern cultures lack much access to metals add it’s impossible to advance to the Bronze/Iron age without the availability of metal. Advancement comes from need and my ancestors had abundant seafood and hunting game, so they were highly content. The used fire to shape their  canoes and had materials to cover their basic needs, but my European bloodline rocketed Florida into the Space Age.

A main character in my third book will be a poet and, ‘From Conch to Launch’ will be the name of his poem. I love allusions and allusions turn poems into puzzles and the puzzle in this poem will hold the secret to a genetic memory drug. My Injun ancestors measured their age by lunar cycles, so a genetic memory drug would multiply the number of moons seen; thus, the Fountain of Youth may have come from mistranslation of Fountain of Many Moons. The fertility cult in novel wants to improve their genetic memory drug, so they want the secret recipe hidden inside the poem.

Documents show my Spanish ancestors were in Florida before the Pilgrims reach Plymouth Rock, and my Native American ancestors are likely the most Floridian of all; thus, I gave characters in my novels an ancestry which matches my own. ‘From Conch to Launch’ inspired my novels; though, I hadn’t came up with the phrase, yet. Two years ago, I coined the phrase, and more recently came up with the poem part. Most likely, I will write individual lines; rather than, compose a complete poem; which may be too daunting of a task. Individual lines will work for the novel because the cult will be examining individual lines. Creating the poem’s puzzle will be challenging, but hopefully it will be interesting.

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Who is the Cacica of my Tribe?

Cacica refers to the female leader of a Timucua village, according to Father Pareja who developed a written language for the Timucua.

Cacique is term for males and I most likely am one; since I’m most likely member of the tribe, in my village. Children of my great-great grandmother are the only ones eligible. My Native American ancestor had a Spanish name which hints, she spawned from the Spanish mission system which operated in Florida. I can’t say for sure which tribe, but the Timucua seems the most likely and the Apalachee come in second.

In 1824, only three men and their families lived in the abandoned village; the Osteen brothers and old man Edwards. My ancestor’s surname was Osteen, but her Spanish given names were names a Spanish Indian or a Black woman would likely have and family features rule favor Injuns. Seminoles such as Billy Powell (Osceola) American sounding names. The Osteen name came from one of the two brothers because she was a daughter or the name was adopted for some unknown reason. Only her the Spanish, in her given names offers proof of tribe. Granddad hated his grandmother and her ancestry due to claims of abuse. If he was Seminole, he would likely know it, but there is reason why he didn’t know which Spanish Indian tribe–the Seminoles wiped them out.

Experts say my tribe is extinct, but I believe my great-great grandmother and her decedents make up the tribe; thus, she would have inherited the title of Cacica. When she died, one of her children would have taken the leadership role. My great grandfather would have been eligible, but I doubt she him due to his drinking problem and the fact he dumped kids on her after his wife died. Who takes the title is in question because I haven’t tracked down my more distant family; I only know where my aunts, uncles, and my first cousins live. Timucua leadership passed down by the maternal and in honor of my great-great grandma, women should keep the role.

Hernando De Soto ran into a cacica, if I remember correctly and Wikipedia names another, in the quote below which notes the numbers baptized:

Pareja achieved some success with the Saturiwa; in 1602 he had 500 Christians within his custodio.[5] Nearly that number were confirmed during a visit in 1606 by Bishop Altamirano, including Cacica Maria and five of her subordinate caciques from the area.[6]

The quote and other info can be found at this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Pareja

Injuns or Injians or Amerindian?

Injuns was deemed offensive because it made fun of Native American pronunciation of ‘Indian,’ but Native Americans didn’t confuse themselves with Indians of India, so I suggest we use Injuns and just forgive the foul-ups. The Spanish Injuns of Florida differ from Native Americans of the US and ‘Spanish Native Americans of Florida’ is cumbersome.

I suggested we use the Injian with a ‘j’ in a prior post due to the derogatory nature of the corrupted spelling and pronunciation. My Native American ancestor came from Florida and had a Spanish name which  indicates she spawned the Spanish  Missionary system which operated in an earlier era of Florida. My grandfather and a younger version of me had speech  problems, so Injuns was our likely  pronunciation. I believe probably indicates my grandfather’s grandmother came from the Timucua tribe; which, the Seminoles helped wipe out. Great-great grandma could have been the last of Timucuans and thereby the chieftess of the tribe consisting of her descendants.

Seminoles had American names; Osceola was Billy Powell; thus illustrating why I prefer using Spanish Injuns for members of tribes in Spanish Florida. Search-engine coders could create the shift to Injuns and I implore them to–on behalf of my people.

Low Chaparral

The High Chaparral was TV series; in which, the White American married into a Spanish-American family, but few know Florida held a similar but gender reversed family–my family. Leif Erickson‘s character married the Hispanic beauty played by Linda Cristal.In my family a Hispanic male married a Southern belle. Native American problems occurred in the TV series and in real life and in my family’s case married into a Native American family. Florida is lowlands; hence, I named this post Low Chaparral. My ancestor is listed in the first chapter of books pertaining to cattleman history, in Florida and the US, in general.

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States and thus, the first with cattle and horses. I can’t help but wonder how many horses come from a bloodline which my family owned; probably a whole lot; the same can be said about Cracker cattle. My family single single-handedly kept the colony fed, at times of scarcity.

The actor, Leif Erickson, lived in Florida and died here. I may allude to him in my third novel, id I find a chance.

A script idea for Peter Dinklage and Johnny Depp

Peter Dinklage would play a modern-day author and Johnny Depp would play a Huguenot ghost who recites his escape from the massacre at Matanzas and other perils. Dinklage would play another role–another ghost. A dwarf singer came with Pedro Menendez and this ghost will tell his own tale.

In my novel, Factions of a dWARf, a female dwarf is possessed due to a genetic memory drug. My third novel may use a dwarf author who recounts the stories of his ghosts. One element of my ideas is that the ghost of a normal sized man would be quite uncomfortable is a dwarf’s body. In the movie, The Train Agent, Dinklage played a character who was uncomfortable as a dwarf and the role I offer is similar. If the actors are interested in a movie based on real events, in the history of Florida, actors should give thought to my idea.

Thanksgiving in Spanish Florida?

St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest US city and the oldest military outpost in the continental US (Puerto Rico is a US territory and was colonized earlier). In 1565, Pedro Menendez made friends with some tribes in Florida and the colony could have had feasts which included natives, but should a feast at a military outpost count as the first Thanksgiving. Technically, the French Huguenots were the first to make friends with the natives, but the colony was often at the point of starvation, so the act of feast is within doubt. The Spanish had committed many atrocities before any act of peace was broached, so you should consider that before giving Spanish Florida credit for establishing the first Thanksgiving. Read how the Spanish wiped out the Taino in Peurto Rico and ask whether even that territory deserves that award.

My Spanish family was here in Florida, before the Pilgrims, so the only thing that’s for sure is that Thanksgiving belongs to my family, in either case. I also have Huguenot ancestry, but I can’t truly claim one of those ancestors came to Florida, but there’s a slight chance. I also have Jamestown ancestors, so I’ve got that thanksgiving covered, too. I also have Native American ancestry, I’m doubly covered. Catholics seem to want a piece of Thanksgiving and want to claim Miles Standish, but I doubt he died Catholic and I’ sure he didn’t get a Catholic Last Rites. Reason for yourself whether Spanish Florida owns the first Thanksgiving, but a military outpost doesn’t get my vote. The Pilgrims consisted of families and Standish was the only soldier–and Thanksgiving is about families so I favour the Pilgrims; though, I had family in Spanish Florida, too.

The Spanish Injians of Florida

Seminoles are not native to Florida–I am, because my Native American ancestor most certainly comes from a Spanish-Injian tribe. Yes, I misspell, Indian, because Indians technically come from India and there is some annoyance that the American Indian have to go by the cumbersome title of Native American; though, Amerindian is that term often used. Personally, Injian, Indian, or Injun would be fine by me. The fact that I come from a rarer Native American tribe–mandates I note the Spanish affiliation. Osceola went by the Nane of Billy Powell–an American name; while mine is obviously Spanish. The Seminoles hated the Spanish, at the time of their introduction into Florida history. The Seminole Chief, Cowkeeper, sent his sons to kill my Spanish ancestors, but my ancestors were so cool–the sons refused to do it. My Native American ancestor’s tribe had no such luck, the Seminoles wiped out the tribes most native to Florida, my bloodline survived, but as far as I know–my family represents the oldest and truest tribe–a Spanish Injian tribe, such as the Timucuan. I could be Ais, Apalachee, or another tribe–but Timucuan tribe is the most likely. My grandad hated his Native American grandmother because she supposedly mistreated him and his siblings, so much history was lost. My great-granddad was a stereotypical drunken half-breed who died before I got a chance to learn more.

The engravings (such as the one above) based on Jacques le Moyne‘s drawings represents my family album. It is both sad and funny how I’m discriminated against in my own land. Send hate mails to Obama and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor–people who most definitely discriminate. Until reparations are made, the Obama’s and Sotomayor are not allowed in Timucuan territory  My tribe never signed a peace treaty with the US. Amy trespass into Territory will be considered an act of war. The bone-stealing Seminoles who invaded my land and killed my Spanish Injian kin–receive casino money which rightfully belongs the true natives of Florida.

Flat Earth and Hateful Pilgrims

People preach stupidity. Look out upon an open sea or any large body of water you can see the curvature of the earth. The moon and sun are round, so the earth being round should not be a surprise. Why would anyone want to sustain the ruse of space travel and pictures from space? Idiots–the earth is round! Pilgrim bashing is another bobby of the stupid. I heard a commercial this morning–which offers a Pilgrim bashing segment. Yes, the Pilgrims dug up some hills/graves where natives buried corn, but they probably would have starved if they didn’t Would you dig up food or let your family starve–the Pilgrims consisted of families. I apparently descend from the Pilgrims’ true leader, John Robinson who scolded Miles Standish about quarreling with the natives.

I also descend from Spaniards who colonized St. Augustine before Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. My Spaniard ancestor pirated food to help the colony survive. There’s not much reason for me to be biased between bloodlines– the facts show my Pilgrim ancestors were less hostile–they were family oriented. The riches in other lands made Florida a less advantageous assignment for Spaniards and I doubt many Spanish women came to this untamed land. Even though I descend from America’s oldest Euro-American family=the early Spaniard colonists were soldiers–Conquistadors. Pedro Menedez made peace with some native tribes, but the French Huguenots were the first to find friends among the natives, early Spanish explorations only made enemies. Claiming my Spanish ancestors took part in the first Thanksgiving–seems a stretch but If a Spaniard did–it was my Spanish ancestors. I don’t believe people should kill people over religion and Catholics did a lot of that type killing and that’s the reason why I favor my Pilgrim ancestors=they were trying to escape the persecution and had no interest in quarreling with the natives. The epidemics had ravaged the land, long before the Pilgrims landed, so you can’t even hit them hard on that point.

I descend from three colonial groups because I also descend from Jamestown colonists. Add in my Native American ancestors and likely African=American ancestors and I have all the factions need for my book series. My Native American ancestors practiced some gruesome stuff–I can’t help but favor Christianity, even though I consider myself agnostic. Protestants gave us freedom of religion–Catholics wanted to keep people in the chains of their religion.

GONZO HISTORY

The second novel in my series-is fully gonzo. The first novel doesn’t dig as deep into history and my third novel may go a more traditional route. If I have one of the characters in my novel–write his own novel, I can use excerpts of the fictional novel. Placing a fictional element of you, the author, into the story is one element of gonzo and is technically the most important part. If you consider Hunter Thompson as the prototypical archetype then you must consider a psychotropic element qualifies as a secondary element. My second novel has the psychotropic aspect but I’m not sure the third novel will use such a style. Hunter began his career in Florida, so he fits my local theme. I’ve considered giving him a fictional illegitimate child and using this character a role in my third novel and if I let this character share the main character role–I may continue with the loopier style.

Historically covering the dwarf who came with Pedro Menendez–may be the way I go.

The Siamese Slaveholders

Chang and Eng Bunker don’t look like the plantation owners you see on TV and in the movies, but look it up–they ran a plantation. The twins married sisters and had twenty-two (possibly twenty-three) children between them. Alex Sink, former Chief Financial Officer of Florida, descends from Chang. So a pair of Thais join the ranks of slaveholders. I’ve already mentioned the wealthy African-American who owned many slaves an didn’t give freedom to her saves in her will. Of course, most Hispanics/Latinos descend from slaveholders. If a Southerner takes offense at the Elitist hate in the world–you may see why.

If I get motivated to work on my third novel–I’ll probably allude to the twins and their great-granddaughter.