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Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche

at Mission Nombre de Dios

 
 
Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
1. Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Marker
Inscription.  Archaeologists from Flagler College and the University of Florida, in collaboration with the Diocese of St. Augustine, are excavating the remains of the Shrine built here in 1687 by the Governor of Florida in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto (our Lady of the Milk and Safe Delivery). It was the first stone building in the Spanish colony, and it represents the first Marian shrine in what is today the United States.

In 1702 the church was captured by English raiders, who severely damaged it. When it was rebuilt around 1706, a friary was added to house Franciscan friars who tended the Shrine and the pilgrims — both Spanish and Native American — who visited it.

The English captured the Shrine once more in 1728, provoking the Spanish to blow up the church and friary themselves so that enemies could not use it again as a base for attacking St. Augustine.

Excavations are not only uncovering the buildings, but are also learning about life within them. Artifact and food remains left behind by the Friars and American Indians who lived here are revealing their daily practices and the cultural exchanges.
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Erected by Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, Academy of American Franciscan History, and St. Augustine Research Institute at Flagler College.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyChurches & ReligionColonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1687.
 
Location. 29° 54.259′ N, 81° 18.899′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. It is in the Historic District. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Marco Avenue (Florida Route A1A) and Old Mission Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the walkway at Our Lady of La Leche National Shrine grounds at Mission Nombre de Dios. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 San Marco Avenue, 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. An Archaeological Discovery (a few steps from this marker); Nombre de Dios Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Msgr. Harold Frederick Jordan (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeology at the Nombre de Dios Mission — Nuestra Señora de La Leche Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (within shouting
Marker detail: Archaeology Site Map image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Archaeology Site Map
distance of this marker); Our Lady of La Leche (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission Nombre de Dios (within shouting distance of this marker); Rustic Altar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Archaeology at Mission Nombre de Dios
 
Also see . . .  17th Century Franciscan Chapel uncovered in Florida, USA. The Franciscan Friars arrived here, at the site where Pedro Menéndez had come ashore in 1565 and founded the city of St. Augustine, as early as 1587 – nearly 200 years before the establishment of the California missions. This relatively unknown period in our country’s history is coming more clearly into focus as scholars study the archaeological site and Spanish-Timucua documents. (Submitted on March 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
3. Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Marker
Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Archaeology Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
4. Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Archaeology Site
Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Archaeology Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
5. Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche Archaeology Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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