Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 1, Gallegos
Title: Gallegos House activities [outline]
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 Material Information
Title: Gallegos House activities outline
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 1, Gallegos
Physical Description: Interpretive outline
Language: English
Creator: Bushnell, Amy
Publication Date: 1982
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
21 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Gallegos House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 21 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.897052 x -81.313361
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00090505
Volume ID: VID00038
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L1

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GALLEGOS HOUSE ACTIVITIES


Equipment


washing clothes


mending clothes


cooking


wooden trough
wooden paddle
fence

needle, scissors


iron cookware
wooden spoons
pewter spoons
knives
earthenware for
water
cooking
storage
flint


yellow bar soap
cold well water
dirty clothes

thread. patches


lentils
onions
dried meat
vinegar
olive oil
salt
kindlina wood


keeping house


marketing gettinga supplies)


gardening


keeping well clean


broom
chests
sleeping
blankets


basket


hoe
bucket


bucket


candles


pads


bedding plants
(to be determined)


Amy Bushnell
March 17, 1982


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Activity


Supplies






GALLEGOS ACTIVITIES, cont.


cooking Sra. Gallegos makes a small fire of twigs, which she will share
with a neighbor. She cooks a stew of cracked hominy with beans
and squash, seasoned with peppers, garlic and onion. In it she
will put whatever protein she has--fish, shellfish, game, or
the salted fish or beef ration her husband receives. For bread
she makes ashcakes out of cornmeal softened with boiling water,
wrapped in shucks, and baked in the ashes of the fire. She sends
her husband's midday meal to him by one of the children, who will
wait to bring back the clay pot and wooden spoon. On Sundays
and feast days she tries to have something special for the family--
a bit of hard brown sugar, an omelet, or a chicken. When the
meal is finished she cleans up, scouring the pots inside with sand.

clothing Sra. Gallegos patches the family's clothes, or makes over the
adults' wornout garments into smaller versions for the children.
She seldom has a new piece of cloth to use, as cloth is an impor-
tant form of currency and is usually traded for something else.
She does have her own needle and scissors, however, which she
guards out of reach of the children.

seasonal When the ingredients are available, Sra. Gallegos makes soap or
candles, exchanging what the family does not need, for other
things. From time to time she makes whitewash and paints her
home inside and out. She knows how to make her own sleeping
mats, baskets and bags, but she generally buys her pottery, which
takes lot of firewood to make. If Sr. Gallegos is out of town,
she may dig a new trash pit with a borrowed shovel.

evening The evening meal is a light one which may not involve building
a fire. The family will have fruit, with bread, cheese and wine
if they can get them. Except on special feast days, Sra. Gallegos
and the children go to bed soon after dark. Sr. Gallegos spends
the evening with friends at his favorite tavern.




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early
morning


The clothes have been
draws fresh water and
The clean clothes are


soaking overnight in
washes them, using a
hung on the fence or


a wooden trough. Sh
soft homemade soap.
bushes to dry.


Sra. Gallegos dries her surplus vegetables, fruits and herbs,
and strings them up inside her house, except for the ears of co
which are stored in a corncrib set up off the ground. She soak.
dried corn overnight with wood ash to make hominy. After drain
the corn, she cracks it in a wooden mortar and pestle, for homii
If she wants a corn meal, she pounds the corn further. The hom:
and the cornmeal are stored in clay pots for later use. If
the family has livestock, Sra. Gallegos may have a cow to milk
and cheeses to make. Or she may prepare sausage, hams and bacoi
Fish and game are preserved by smoking. Vinegar is made from
wine that has gone sour.


of Sra. Gallegos' time has been spent gathering
distance from town, bringing it in on her back.
out to collect nuts, berries and shellfish.


firewood at
She also


Sra. Gallegos goes to the Indian market, where she barters for
tobacco (she rolls the cigars for herself and her husband),
dried turkey, skins, pelts, cassina, and fresh game. She pays
with some cloth or beads or a knife obtained at the royal ware-
house against her husband's account, or earned from another
member of the garrison. Each family has some kind of secondary
trade, which may be running a tavern, cobbling shoes, weaving
nets, baking bread, or doing laundry. When her husband is away,
she carries on the trade alone.


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preparing
food


Part
some
goes


gathering


marketing
and
exchange


ACTIVITIES



Today Sr. Gallegos, a soldier, is on 24-hour guard duty at the
fort. If there is someone at home to watch the children, Sra.
Gallegos has gone to Mass at first light. Afterward she serves
the family a breakfast of leftover ashcakes and cassina tea,
heated on the carefully saved coals of yesterday's fire. On a
feast day the breakfast might be wheat bread and hot chocolate.

Sra. Gallegos rolls up the sleeping mats, airs the blankets,
and sweeps and dusts her house. She also sweeps the yard, raki
the dirt into patterns. The yard is the main living area in
good weather.

Sra. Gallegos does her gardening before the heat of the day.,
According to season, she plants, hoes, picks off insects
(Purple Martin homes made of gourds give her some help in insec
control), waters, or gathers produce. She keeps a noisemaking
rattle or clapper handy to scare off birds. Sometimes she has
repair the fence around her garden to keep out the livestock.




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