Historic District in St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Nombre de Dios Mission
Here on September 8, 1565, 55 years before the pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded the town of St. Augustine and Nombre de Dios mission. On the same date, Fr. Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales held high the cross and celebrated the first parish Mass. After Mass, the Spanish settlers and the native Timucuans celebrated a meal of thanksgiving together.
With the founding of Nombre de Dios, an extensive missionary effort was initiated throughout Spanish "La Florida." Two hundred years before the first Spanish mission in California, Nombre de Dios and over 140 missions stretched from St. Augustine south to the Florida Keys, north to the Chesapeake Bay and west to Pensacola.
In the early 1600's the Spanish settlers established the first shrine to Mary, the Mother of God, in this land under the title Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto. The Chapel and beautiful statue are dedicated to motherhood.
May your journey home be safe.
En este Lugar,
Con el establecimiento de la Misión Nombre de Dios se inicio un gran esfuerzo dirigido a la evangelización de los nativos de "La Florida"; 200 años antes de la primera misión en California, habían en el territorio más de 140 misiones entre San Agustín, los Cayos, al norte de la bahía de Chesapeake y al oeste de Pensacola.
En este lugar, los exploradores Españoles establecieron a principio del siglo 1600, el primer santuario dedicado a la virgen María, con el nombre de Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto. Una réplica de la capilla y su bella estatua se encuentra en este lugar como un honor a la maternidad.
Que su peregrinar por este lugar sea bendecido por la gracia de Dios.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is September 8, 1565.
Location. 29° 54.244′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission Nombre de Dios (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Msgr. Harold Frederick Jordan (about 400 feet away); Historic Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (about 500 feet away); Our Lady of La Leche (about 500 feet away); Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche (about 500 feet away); An Archaeological Discovery (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Nombre de Dios Mission (about 500 feet away); Archaeology at the Nombre de Dios Mission — Nuestra Señora de La Leche Shrine (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . .
1. Mission Nombre de Dios. In the years of early La Florida, at first the Jesuits and later the Franciscans ministered to the resident Spanish colonists, and made some efforts (Submitted on March 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Nombre de Dios Museum (Wikipedia). The Mission Nombre de Dios Museum features the original casket of the founder of St. Augustine, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, though his remains are located in Avilés, Spain. The museum's exhibits also include vestments and chalices from the Diocese of St. Augustine's archives, artifacts found during the archaeological excavations of the mission grounds, and coquina that was part of the original foundation of the chapel. Reproductions of the oldest written European documents in the U.S. and the 1155 document from Avilés, Spain are also in the museum, along with paintings by artist by JoAnn Crisp-Ellert and a diorama of the first parish Mass. (Submitted on March 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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