Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dominican Proto-Martyrs of America
A.D. 1549 † A.D. 1965
Father Louis Cancer
In search of a mission site in lands of
the Timucuan and Caloosa Nations under
Royal Order of Phillip II of Spain
suffered martyrdom at hands of
Erected 1985 by Hillsborough County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans.
Location. 27° 56.412′ N, 82° 27.605′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Bayshore Boulevard north of Beach Place, on the right when traveling north. The marker is mounted on a large rock set along the sidewalk opposite the seawall balustrade, and is part of the Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park. 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 Hutchinson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Mirabella Fish Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gordon Keller (approx. ¼ mile away); Col. Peter O. Knight (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Fort Brooke (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The marker overlooks the Davis Channel and a city marina where the pirate ship José Gasparilla is moored (when not leading the invasion of Tampa during the annual Gasparilla Festival).
The adjacent sidewalk stretches for 4.5 miles and is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world.
Also see . . . The matyrdom of Fr. Luis Cancer. Fr. Cáncer ministered successfully first in Puerto Rico and then in Guatemala, before turning his sights to Florida, which, according to an early historian, he “always held deep in his heart.” Having secured laborers, provisions, and permission from Spain, Fr. Cáncer set sail from Veracruz, Mexico, accompanied by fellow Dominicans and an interpreter. On the vigil of the Ascension in the year 1549, this expedition sighted land just south of modern-day Tampa Bay (Bahía del Espíritu Santo). Fr. Cáncer celebrated Mass in Florida on the Feast of Corpus Christi. At first the missionaries were welcomed by the native peoples, who knelt in prayer as Fr. Cáncer chanted litanies to God and to the saints. Gifts were exchanged. Fr. Cáncer’s two companions, Fr. Diego de Tolosa and Brother Esteban Fuentes went ashore to stay with the natives, but they (Submitted on August 15, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 952 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.