Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site of Early Spanish Mission
Occupied by a large Indian village before the coming of the Spaniards, this tract was an ideal site for the mission and school activities of the Spanish priests. Archaeological excavations in the area in 1941 and 1953 disclosed evidence of both Indian and Spanish occupation- Indian pottery and bone tools with Spanish olive jars, majolica and iron work, outline of buildings constructed before and after the coming of white men.
Built in the area called by the Spaniards, "Talaje," the mission on this site was part of the chain of missions and visitas by which Spain held title for nearly two centuries to what is now the Coast of Georgia.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 095-10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 21.86′ N, 81° 25.051′ W. Marker is in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh Touch for map. At Fort King George State Historic site. Marker is in this post office area: Darien GA 31305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Savannah Lumber Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); To The Soldiers Of Fort King George (about 400 feet away); 200 Years of Sawmilling (about 500 feet away); How Steam Engines Worked (about 500 feet away); Lower Bluff Sawmill (about 500 feet away); Guale Indian Village (about 500 feet away); Old Fort King George (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
Also see . . .
1. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Spanish Missions; The Spanish chapter of Georgia's earliest colonial history is dominated by the lengthy mission era, extending from 1568 through 1684. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. James A. Ford and the Growth of Americanist Archaeology By Michael John O'Brien, R. Lee Lyman. pages 60-61 Santo Domingo de Talaje ? (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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