Historic Markers Across Florida

Site of the Mission of San Juan Del Puerto

Marker ID: FLHM F-211
Location: Fort George Island, Palmetto Avenue.
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 25.681    W 081° 25.528
  30.42801666    -81.42546666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The establishment of missions chiefly for the purpose 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 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 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.Sponsors: Sponsored By Jacksonville Historical Society In Cooperation With Department of State


City: Jacksonville, FL