Historic Markers Across Florida

Menendez on Biscayne Bay

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Location: Bayfront Park, 1 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
County: Miami-Dade
Waymark: None


Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Adelantado of Florida and founder of St. Augustine, landed here at the chief village of the Tequesta Indians early in 1567. He returned several Indians held captive on the West Coast and established friendly relations with the Tequesta chief. Father Juan Rogel and brother Francisco Villareal organized a Jesuit mission near the thirty, man fort built by the Spanish. Brother Villareal wrote the first letter known to have been written in Miami - 1568, and described the life of the Indians, complained of the mosquitoes and recorded the first plays staged in this area, one a religious comedy about the flesh and the devil.

Historical Association of Southern Florida 1974


City: Miami, FL