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St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First Mass in Florida

April 16, 1528

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
1. First Mass in Florida Marker
Inscription.  In April 1528, The Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez arrived here with 5 ships and 600 men in a quest for gold and power. Also with him were those who sought to spread Christianity, including eight diocesan and five Franciscan priests. One of those priests, Fr. Juan Xuarez, OFM, had received an appointment as Bishop of Florida. A few days after their arrival, Fr. Xuarez celebrated Easter Mass ashore on the morning of April 16th. After another ten days in the area which included several violent encounters with the native Tocobaga peoples. Narvaez along with half of the crew (including 5 priests) headed north on land in what would prove to be an ill-fated expedition. Eight years later in 1536, a mere four survivors made it to Mexico.
 
Erected by Diocese of St. Petersburg.
 
Location. 27° 47.317′ N, 82° 45.241′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on Elbow Lane North 0.1 miles west of Park Street North, in the median. Marker is at the entrance to the pier in Navarez Park. Touch for map.
First Mass in Florida Marker and entrance to pier. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 2, 2018
2. First Mass in Florida Marker and entrance to pier.
Marker is in this post office area: Saint Petersburg FL 33710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panfilo de Narvaez (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stetson University College of Law (approx. 3.1 miles away); Al Lang Memorial Stadium for Little League Baseball (was approx. 3.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Rattlesnake Curve (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pioneering Pinellas Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); Gulfport Casino (approx. 4 miles away); St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Catholic Church in Florida. (Submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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