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St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First Mass in Florida

April 16, 1528

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
1. First Mass in Florida Marker
Inscription. In April 1528, The Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez arrived here with 5 ships and 600 men in a quest for gold and power. Also with him were those who sought to spread Christianity, including eight diocesan and five Franciscan priests. One of those priests, Fr. Juan Xuarez, OFM, had received an appointment as Bishop of Florida. A few days after their arrival, Fr. Xuarez celebrated Easter Mass ashore on the morning of April 16th. After another ten days in the area which included several violent encounters with the native Tocobaga peoples. Narvaez along with half of the crew (including 5 priests) headed north on land in what would prove to be an ill-fated expedition. Eight years later in 1536, a mere four survivors made it to Mexico.
 
Erected by Diocese of St. Petersburg.
 
Location. 27° 47.317′ N, 82° 45.241′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on Elbow Lane North 0.1 miles west of Park Street North, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to the pier in Navarez Park. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Petersburg FL 33710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panfilo de Narvaez (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct
First Mass in Florida Marker and entrance to pier. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
2. First Mass in Florida Marker and entrance to pier.
line); Stetson University College of Law (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pioneering Pinellas Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); "Pass-A-Grille" (approx. 7 miles away); S. H. Kress and Co. Building (approx. 7.1 miles away); Zephaniah Phillips' Homestead Site (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  Catholic Church in Florida. (Submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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