First Mass in Florida

First Mass in Florida (HM29JC)

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL 33710 Pinellas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 47.317', W 82° 45.241'

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April 16, 1528

In April 1528, The Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez arrived here with 5 ships and 600 men in a quest for gold and power. Also with him were those who sought to spread Christianity, including eight diocesan and five Franciscan priests. One of those priests, Fr. Juan Xuarez, OFM, had received an appointment as Bishop of Florida. A few days after their arrival, Fr. Xuarez celebrated Easter Mass ashore on the morning of April 16th. After another ten days in the area which included several violent encounters with the native Tocobaga peoples. Narvaez along with half of the crew (including 5 priests) headed north on land in what would prove to be an ill-fated expedition. Eight years later in 1536, a mere four survivors made it to Mexico.
HM NumberHM29JC
Placed ByDiocese of St. Petersburg
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Date Added Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 327189 N 3075020
Decimal Degrees27.78861667, -82.75401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.317', W 82° 45.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 19.02" N, 82° 45' 14.46" W
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Area Code(s)727
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8399 Elbow Ln N, Saint Petersburg FL 33710, US
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