Dear readers, I have been fortunate enough to have one of my historical essays published in the spring installment of this year’s issue of the academic journal, The Florida Historical Quarterly. The essay is called “Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors to Southeast Florida before Miami,” and it discusses the culture of Bahamian sailors who traveled the Gulf Stream between the Bahamian archipelago and the southeast corner of the Florida peninsula during the early-modern era, between roughly the 1680s and the 1820s.

This essay was long in the making, and I am extremely grateful to all of those people who gave me feedback during the process. Many of those people are specifically acknowledged on the first page of the article, but I want to take a moment here to generally thank my colleagues and professors at Loyola University Chicago; the editors at The Florida Historical Quarterly and Tequesta, another scholarly journal of Florida history; and the anonymous reviewers of my submission. This essay means a great deal to me. With the exception of University productions, this is my first published work. It would not have happened without immense support from my friends, family, and colleagues. Any errors that remain in the article are, of course, my own doing. Thank you for your continued support, and best wishes.