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18th-century mission farmstead found in Florida


Archaeologists working in Augustine, Florida have found the Spanish mission farmstead of Pocotalaca.

Pocotalaca and La Puenta are two of six Spanish missions that once surrounded St. Augustine. From 1717 to 1752, the Pocotalaca site was home for a small group of the Yamassee, a Native American group that came to Florida from South Carolina.

Their houses would have been huts of pole and palm frond construction. A small church was at the mission as well as a building that could serve as a casa fuerte or fortress. Franciscan friars served the missions.

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Story: Marcia Lane, The Florida Times-Union | Photo: Florida Times-Union

2 thoughts on “18th-century mission farmstead found in Florida

  1. Now I must admit I have never been to St. Augustine Florida, and even if I had, no-one would have mentioned a Spanish Mission. Yet your post specifically mentions the 1737 map of the St. Augustine area, which included the missions and other well developed facilities.

    The missions along the Pacific Rd from Mexico to beyond San Francisco were wonderful fun for us to explore, especially Sonoma. But now it seems there is more to learn. Always more!

    many thanks
    Art and Architecture, mainly

  2. Spanish mission sites are a rare occurrence on the East coast area of the USA. this is a great find for historians as it proves Spain had missions literally everywhere in the US

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