Dr. Ann Browning Masters will speak on Floridanos, Menorcans, and Cattle-Whip Crackers at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 15th, in the Foundation Room of the Alachua County Library located at 401 East University Avenue. As part of her talk, Masters will discuss the history of the Floridanos, Menorcans, and Cattle-Whip Crackers. Masters describes a rich slice of Old Florida in mullet-netting, datil pepper-growing, pilaueating, rum-running St. Augustine. Bold, humorous, sometimes heart-tugging oral traditions tell a story of raw beauty and voices not often recorded in history.
A St. Augustine native, Masters is a 12th generation Floridian. She is also a Floridana, a descendant of the Spanish settlers who came to Florida during the First Spanish Period, and a Menorcan, a descendant of Mediterraneans who settled in St. Augustine during the Florida's British Period. She has been interviewed about her work on Floridanos and Menorcans and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives. She continues to read from her writing on Floridanos and Menorcans in the Eckerd College Road Scholar program. In 2015 Dr. Masters was knighted by the St. Augustine Easter Festival for her dedication in promoting St. Augustine's Spanish heritage.
Ann Browning Masters is a Quad-Gator (B.A, M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ph.D. from UF).