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Did you know the first black explorer of North America landed in St. Petersburg in 1528?

In April 1528, the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition landed in Florida, off-course and destined for Mexico, bringing with it a Moroccan slave who would become the first black explorer of…

New nonprofit puts St. Pete history front and center

At the weedy intersection of Park Street and Elbow Lane, in a region of northwest St. Petersburg known as Jungle Prada, a nondescript white sign announces that Panfilo de Narvaez,…

MacDougald Publishes Book, Launches History Council

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — “The Pánfilo de Narváez Expedition of 1528,” written by local retired business executive and historian James MacDougald, was published last month with definitive evidence that the…

Remaking St. Pete As a Cultural Heritage Destination

The History Council was featured in the Northeast Journal. St. Pete is known as a center for arts and culture thanks to landmark venues like the Dali, the Chihuly Collection,…

History Council Announces First Annual Symposium Oct 27-28

The first annual symposium of The History Council will be held in St. Petersburg on October 27-28, 2018. The subject is “Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Florida”, focusing on the west…

Exploring Estevanico – Tampa Bay Magizine

After a rough landing at what is now St. Petersburg’s Jungle Prada Park, Spanish explorer Pánfilo de Nárvaez’s 1528 expedition through Florida and the Gulf Coast met a series of…