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Andrew K. Frank

Allen Morris Associate Professor of History

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405 Bellamy
Ph.D., 1998 University of Florida
Research Interests: 
Native American, Florida, U.S. South, Early U.S.

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Andrew K. Frank

Dr. Andrew Frank is an ethnohistorian who focuses on the Florida Seminoles and the other southeastern Indians of the United States. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from institutions that include the American Philosophical Society, American Historical Association, Newberry Library, and Huntington Library. In 2003, he received the E. Merton Coutler Award from the Georgia Historical Society for his article “The Rise and Fall of William McIntosh: Authority and Identity on the Early American Frontier.”

Dr. Frank is currently finishing a book-length manuscript on the history of the Florida Seminoles tentatively entitled Those Who Camp at a Distance: The Seminoles and Indians of Florida. 

He is the author of the forthcoming Before the Pioneers: The Ancient History of Modern Miami (University Press of Florida, 2017). This book explores the 2000 years of continuous human occupation at the North Bank of the Miami River—a history that connects the ancient Tequesta with the 20th-century development of south Florida. The North Bank’s history includes the stories of Tequesta and Seminole Indians, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and white slaveholders, Bahamian wreckers, outlaws, runaways, American soldiers, and others. The book draws attention to the ways that these earlier inhabitants shaped the North Bank through the planting of trees, cultivation of crops, construction of buildings, and creation of maps. In exploring this often ignored past, Before the Pioneers explains how Henry Flagler, Julia Tuttle, and the other so-called “pioneers” of the late nineteenth century chose the site for modern Miami in part as a result of the legacies of the earlier settlers.

He has published more than two dozen book chapters and journal articles. He is also the author of Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier (2005), a volume that explores race and identity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is also the author of The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American South (1999) and The Seminole (History and Culture of Native Americans) (2011), and he is the editor of The Early Republic: People and Perspectives (2009) and The American Revolution: People and Perspectives (2007).  

Recent and forthcoming articles and books chapters include: “Red, Black, and Seminole: Community Convergence on the Florida Borderlands, 1780-1840,” in A. Glenn Crothers and Andrew K. Frank Borderland Narratives: Exploring North America's Contested Spaces, 1500-1850 (tentative title), (Forthcoming 2017); “Creating a Seminole Enemy: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Conquest of Florida,” Florida International University Law Review 9 (2014): 277-293; “Preserving the Path of Peace: White Plumes and Diplomacy during the Frontier Panic of 1849-1850,” Journal of Florida Studies 1 (2013) < 0102pathofpeace.html>; “An Unconquered Statesman: James E. Billie and the Florida Seminoles,” in Tim Garrison, ed., “Our Cause Will Ultimately Triumph”: The Men and Women who Preserved and Revitalized American Indian Sovereignty, (2014); “Slave Refuge and Gateway:  David B. Mitchell an the Paradox of the Florida Frontier,” in Amanda Carlson and Robin Poynor, eds., Africa in Florida, (2014); “Authenticity for Sale: The Everglades, Seminole Indians, and the Construction of a Pay-Per-View Culture,” in Karen L. Cox, ed., Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (2012); “The Return of the Native: Innovative Traditions in the Southeast,” in The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress, edited by L. Diane Barnes, Brian Schoen, and Frank Towers (2011).



Creeks and Southerners