were first established by the Spanish to convert the Indians to
Christianity. Florida's missions were begun during the mid 16th
Century. The Spanish claimed much of the Souteastern United
States and also used these missions to control the area, keeping out
colonization from France and England principally. The main area
they wished to claim was Florida and southern
Georgia . The first recorded attempt to build a mission was
in the Tampa Bay area in 1549 but it met with almost immediate failure
when Father Luis de Cancer was killed at the hands of the Tocobaga
The first successful mission was begun in St. Augustine in 1565.
There were 10 prescidios which were fortified bases established
between 1565 and 1567 at major harbors. Most of them were
unsustainable. By 1573 there were only two left. St.
Augustine and Santa Elena.
Santa Elena 1566-1587
Ochuse Mission 1559-1561 by Tristan DeLuna by Pensacola
San Juan Del Puerto 1567
Nombre De Dios 1565, San Agustin
Tequesta 1567, Southern end of Florida
San Antonio 1567
The missions were divided into four provinces
Apalachee eastern part of the Florida Panhandle.
Timcua from the St. Johns river westward to the Suwannee River.
Mocama the coastal areas east of the St. Johns Running north to the Altmaha River
Guale North of the Altamaha River along the coast to the Georgia Sea Islands.
A plaque has been erected in St. Augustine May 5 1996, the 125th
anniversary year of the Diocese of St. Augustine through the generous
assistance of the Florida Sate Council Knights of Columbus, The Most
Reverend John J. Snyder D.D. Bishop of Saint Augustine. which shows the
Florida Missions of the First Spanish Period 1565-1763. By clicking in the lower right hand corner you can see an enlargement of the plaque. source: Wikipedia