Missions & Martyrs in these united States before Jamestown, 1607

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By the time the Pilgrims landed in 1620, Spanish Catholic missionaries had converted & baptized more than 50,000 American Indians.  (This is counting those only in present US boundaries).  There were more than 80 Catholic mission-settlements in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, the southwest, & upper New England

Martyrs before Jamestown was Established

  • 1542, Fr Juan Padilla, OFM (Kansas)
  • 1542, Fr Luis Escalona, OFM (New Mexico)
  • 1542, Fr Juan de la Cruz (New Mexico)
  • 1549, Fr Luis Cancer, OP (Florida)
  • 1549, Fr Diego Tolosa, OP (Florida)
  • 1549, Fr Hermano Fuentes, OP (Florida)
  • 1553, Fr Diego de la Crus (Texas)
  • 1553, Fr Juan Mena, OP (Texas)
  • 1553, Fr Juan Ferrer, OP (Texas)
  • 1553, Fr Hernando Mendez, OP (Texas)
  • 1566, Fr Pedro Martinez, SJ (Florida)
  • 1570, Fr Juan B Mendez, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Fr Luis Quiros, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Fr Juan B Segura, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Br Gabriel Solis, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Br Pedro Linares, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Br Cristo Redondo, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Br Sanchez Ceballos, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1570, Br Gabriel Gomez, SJ (Virginia)
  • 1581, Fr Francisco Lopez, OFM (New Mexico)
  • 1581, Fr Agustin Rodriguez, OFM (New Mexico)
  • 1581, Fr Juan de Maria, OFM (New Mexico)
  • 1597, Fr Pedro de Corpa, OFM (Georgia)
  • 1597, Fr Migual Anon, OFM (Georgia)

 

Missions before Jamestown was Established

Carolinas

  • Mission of Guatari – 1566 (South Carolina)
  • Mission of Santa Elena – 1568 (South Carolina)
  • Mission of Escamacu – 1570 (South Carolina)
  • Mission of Joada – 1574 (North Carolina)

Georgia

  • Mission of Guale -1568
  • Mission in 1570
  • Mission of San Pedro – 1585
  • Mission of Santa Catalina – 1585
  • Mission of San Buenaventura – 1587
  • Mission of Santo Domingo – 1587
  • Mission of Guadalupe – 1595
  • Mission of Santa Clara – 1595
  • Four missions in 1597
  • Mission of Santa Maria de Sena – 1602
  • Mission of San Antonio – 1602
  • Mission of Santiago Ocone – 1602
  • Mission of San Jose Zapala – 1602

(Facts taken from the book “Discovering a Lost Heritage: the Catholic Origins of America” by Adam Miller)

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2 thoughts on “Missions & Martyrs in these united States before Jamestown, 1607”

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  2. Guatari is in North Carolina near present day Salisbury, likely submerged under High Rock Lake.

    Pardo left Santa Elena in 1566 under orders from Menendez and established the Mission at Guatari so it seems likely that the mission in Santa Elena predates Guatari.

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