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Florida's First Catholic Martyrs

 
 
Florida's First Catholic Martyrs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 14, 2021
1. Florida's First Catholic Martyrs Marker
Inscription.  Somewhere along the shores of Tampa Bay during the summer of 1549, Catholic priest (from the Dominican Order) Fray Luis Cancer de Barbastro, fellow Dominican priest Fray Diego de Tolosa, and an oblate named Fuentes, were killed by a group of local Native Americans. The two priests and the layman came to the Gulf coast on a mission to peacefully convert the Florida Natives to Christianity. Previous Spanish incursions into the Tampa Bay area were marked by violence toward the Indigenous population, making them suspicious of any non-Natives. Despite instructions to the ship's pilot to avoid areas with previous Spanish contacts, the Dominicans' ship sailed directly to Tampa Bay, sealing the fate of Fray Luis and his companions.
 
Erected 2021 by Originally erected by the Hillsborough County Historical Commission-Replacement marker erected by the Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1549.
 
Location. 27° 56.411′ N, 82° 
Florida's First Catholic Martyrs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 14, 2021
2. Florida's First Catholic Martyrs Marker
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27.61′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Bayshore Boulevard just north of Beach Place, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jose Gasparilla (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bayshore Boulevard (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); World's First Scheduled Commercial Airline (about 600 feet away); Hutchinson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clara Barton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Mirabella Fish Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gordon Keller (approx. Ό mile away); Col. Peter O. Knight (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Aug. 10, 2022