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History books sometime forget that the bloody and painful history of America begins here in Florida long before Jamestown and Plymouth were even thoughts. Florida is the location of the first American Thanksgiving, that was celebrated in 1564 with the landing of the French Protestant pilgrims as well as the first Christmas observance by Hernando de Soto and his army during their 1539 winter encampment. During this most early time in American history, the explorers were besieged with tropical diseases, poisonous snakes, alligators, pirates, starvation and even cannibalism. It is hard to find a more exciting story than that even in an adventure novel.
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About the Author
Dr. Ashley White is an American archaeologist, surgeon, and author. He completed doctorate level forensic anthropology training and is an expert in the recovery and conservation of human remains and material cultural artifacts. Dr. White has degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University, as well as has worked at Duke University. An emeritus fellow surgeon, Dr. White has been researching ancient plagues for the past three decades. This evidence based bio-archaeology project has granted him access to some of the world’s most sensitive archaeological sites in Asia—including Russia, China, India and Turkey, the Middle East, North and Sub-Sahara Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland, twelve additional countries in Europe, North and Central America, and South America, including the Amazon Basin. Dr. White has served on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America, located at Boston University. Dr. White works with the AIA Cultural Property Legislation and Policy Committee and the International Committee of the Blue Shield that are responsible for investigating and responding to issues concerning the illicit black market trade in antiquities and cultural artifacts while enforcing the Hague Conventions. Dr. White is the author of numerous research publications and the well received Physical Signs in Medicine and Surgery: An Atlas of Rare, Lost and Forgotten Physical Signs. This comprehensive Atlas was originally conceived for doctors providing needed care in dangerous, rugged, and remote situations often created by catastrophe, disasters, epidemics, and military conflicts. Dr. White lives with his wife, Michele, and son, Ethan, on their ranch located in Florida and their home in the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. Academic Press Journal UK London