Historic Markers Across Florida

Mission San Luis

Marker ID:  F-452
Location: grounds of the historic Mission San Luis de Apalachee, 2100 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida.
County: Leon
Coordinates: N 30° 27.057    W 084° 19.246
  30.45095    -84.32076666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM8ZHR


"Mission San Luis de Talimali was among the largest and most important missions in Spanish Florida. Its parishioners were Apalachee Indians who were descendents of those people whose village Hernando de Soto appropriated during the winter of 1539-1540. The Apalachees were the most culturally advanced of Florida´s native peoples, and Mission San Luis was one of the first missions established by Franciscan friars in their efforts to serve the Apalachees´ major villages that spread across the highlands of Leon and Jefferson Counties. The mission was moved to this location in 1656 and was recognized as the western capital of Spanish Florida. Mission San Luis was home to more than 1,500 Apalachees as well as a Spanish deputy governor, soldiers, friars, and civilians. The site was burned and abandoned by its residents in 1704 just two days before an Anglo-Creek strike force reached it. Mission San Luis was never repopulated by Spanish colonists or Apalachee Indians, who had lived in the region for centuries. Recognizing its historical and archaeological significance, the State of Florida purchased Mission San Luis in 1983. Today, it is managed by the Florida Department of State´s Division of Historical Resources."

Dominie Everardus Bogardus Chapter National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century and the Florida Department of State 2001


City: Tallahassee, FL
Mission San Luis de Apalachee