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Fort George Island in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto

 
 
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By Julie Szabo, August 7, 2009
1. Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker
Inscription. Marker Front:
The establishment of missions chiefly for the purpose of Christianizing the Indian population was one of the methods used by Spain in attempting to colonize Florida in the sixteenth century. The Mission of San Juan del Puerto was founded in the late 1500's by the Franciscan Order of friars to serve the Timucuan Indians living in the area. While working at this mission around 1600 Father Francisco Pareja prepared a Timucuan dictionary, grammar and several religious books in that language for use by the Indians. The Mission of San Juan del Puerto continued to exist throughout the seventeenth century in spite of the growing

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conflict between Florida's Spanish inhabitants and English and French invaders. In 1696, Jonathan Dickinson, a Philadelphia Quaker who had been shipwrecked off the coast of Florida, passed this way and recorded a visit to "the town of St. Wans, a large town and many people." In 1702, Governor James Moore of the British Colony of South Carolina attempted to take St. Augustine from the Spanish. His effort failed, but in the process of the raid into Spanish territory, Moore destroyed the Spanish missions from St. Augustine northward, including the Mission of San Juan del Puerto.
 
Erected 1973 by Jacksonville Historical
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By Julie Szabo, August 7, 2009
2. Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker
Side two
Society in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-211.)
 
Location. 30° 25.681′ N, 81° 25.528′ W. Marker is in Fort George Island, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Ft. George Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Fort George Island State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort George Island (a few steps from this marker); Ribault Club Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Cabins (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort George Island.
 
More about this marker. Marker was newly placed 8/7/09.
 
Additional keywords. Fort George
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
3. Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker
Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker near Ft. George Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
4. Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker near Ft. George Road
Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, August 7, 2009
5. Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto Marker
MarkerMan was working hard to install this marker today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,129 times since then and 32 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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