Women of the Spanish Main
Discussion and portrayal of spanish expedition to La Florida.


 Red Circle Sponsor J. Crayton Pruitt Family Foundation

 Red Circle Sponsor J. Crayton Pruitt Family Foundation



Program Overview

Join us for a tantalizing peek into the lives of 16th century Spanish women.

María Velasquez de Cuellar, a 16th century Spanish conquistadora, was among the ten women who sailed into Boca Ceiga Bay in 1528, with the Panfilo de Narváez expedition to conquer La Florida. Living history interpreter, Elizabeth Neily will share secrets about the role of women in the conquest of the Americas from financing expeditions to fighting as soldiers to maybe even a murder mystery.

Francesca de Henestrosa joined the de Soto Expedition in 1539 disguised as a man. Certified by the National Park Service Cannon School, Sheila Benjamin will demonstrate the art of period firearms such as the the crossbow and arquebus.


Then she will turn her hand to whipping up a pot of The Aztec drink of the Gods. Chocolate soon became the favorite drink of Spanish ladies who cunningly added Old World sweeteners, sugar or honey to the ambrosia. Below is a traditional chocolate pot and wooden frother called a "molinillo."



Program Date & Time

7:30 pm



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This Women's History Month program is sponsored by:

Florida Frontiers

The Studio@620

Red Circle Sponsor
J. Crayton Pruitt Family Foundation