Mission Nombre de Dios

Mission Nombre de Dios (HM1J38)

Location: Saint Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 54.236', W 81° 18.868'

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In this vicinity, on September 8, 1565, having arrived with Pedro Menendez de Aviles And Spanish citizens, Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales led the first parish mass in what is now the United States of America. At a makeshift rustic altar, Father Lopez offered mass in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, its feast day on the same day. Following the liturgy, the Spaniards and the Tumucua Indians shared a meal. The Spanish named this site "Nombre de Dios" or "Name of God."

Marker placed by
Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Donna Griffin Cullen, State Regent
June 2013
HM NumberHM1J38
Year Placed2013
Placed ByFlorida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469641 N 3308182
Decimal Degrees29.90393333, -81.31446667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 54.236', W 81° 18.868'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 54' 14.16" N, 81° 18' 52.08" W
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Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 San Marco Ave, Saint Augustine FL 32084, US
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