History of Time Period

The Spanish history of this area of Florida goes back 447 years. Panfilo de Narvaez, Spanish explorer, led his party into the Tallahassee area in 1528. They camped on the Wakulla River near St. Marks, built crude ships, and set forth on a fateful trip to Mexico. The entire sea-going party was lost in a storm; however, others reached Mexico by land and recorded the events of history.

In 1539, Hernando DeSoto came through this area in his search for gold spending the winter here on the shores of Lake Jackson. During that next 100 years the Spanish explorers in St. Augustine became familiar with the Apalachee region and began trade with the agriculturally efficient Indians here.

In 1639 the Spanish established a chain of missions to both Christianize the Indians and to protect them from the more warlike tribes to the north. For this protection the Indians supplied food to the Spanish. This trade arrangement was highly successful until Col. James Moore came through here destroying the missions, burning the villages, killing the braves and taking women and children as slaves. Thus the Apalachee area was deserted for more than 100 years.

Spanish Krewe Chief- Brian Hobbs

Brian was born in Key West, Florida. After graduating from high school in Northern Virginia he went on to Florida State University and pursed a degree in Real Estate.  After graduation he continued following that same passion working in all aspects of the real estate field.  He is very passionate about his Florida State University Seminoles.  Nicole was born in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to raising their three children, she has been an active volunteer in the Junior League of Tallahassee since 1999.  Serving as the President in 2006-2007.


Brian and Nicole met in 1991 while at Florida State University.  They soon married and made Tallahassee their permanent home.  They have three children.  The oldest daughter is a sophomore in the honors program at Florida State University.  She also serves as the current Vice President of the Florida State University Batgirls.  Their son attends Maclay High School and would like to pursue computer engineering in college.  Their youngest daughter attends Maclay Middle School where she is a cheerleader and serves as the Captain of the team.  She is also on a competitive cheerleading team at Cheer Nation Athletics.


Brian and Nicole joined Springtime Tallahassee in 2007 as members of the Spanish Krewe.  They have served as the Libation’s Officer, Float Chair, Major Party Chair, and are now serving as the Spanish Krewe Chief.  They have chosen the Children’s Home Society as their charity for this year.  They are looking forward to another great year of serving their community, and creating more lasting friendships.  They feel that this year will be a special year as Springtime Tallahassee celebrates their 50th anniversary.