Historic Markers Across Florida

Site of Mission of San Juan del Puerto (St. John of the Port).

Marker ID: FLHM F-211
Location: on Edgewood Dr, Fort George Island.
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 25.671    W 081° 25.544
  30.42785    -81.42573333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7N33


Side 1:
The establishment of missions chiefly for purpose the of Christianizing the Indian population was one of the methods used by Spain in attempting to colonize Florida in the sixteenth century. The Mission of San Juan del Puerto was founded late in the 1500´s by the Franciscan Order of friars to serve the Timucuan Indians living in the area. While working at this mission around 1600 Father Francisco Pareja prepared a Timucuan dictionary, grammar and several religious books in that language for use by the Indians. The Mission of San Juan del Puerto continued to exist throughout the seventeenth century in spite of the growing

Side 2:
conflict between Florida´s Spanish inhabitants and English and French invaders. In 1696, Jonathan Dickinson, a Philadelphia Quaker who had been shipwrecked off the coast of Florida, passed this way and recorded a visit to "the town of St. Wan´s, a large town and many people. In 1702, Governor James Moore of the British Colony of South Carolina attempted to take St. Augustine from the Spanish. His effort failed, but in the process of the raid into Spanish territory, Moore destroyed the Spanish missions from St. Augustine northward, including the Mission of San Juan del Puerto.

Sponsored by: Jacksonville Historical Society with Department of State - 1973
ent of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation 1970


City: Jacksonville, FL

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