April 16, 1528In 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.
|Placed By||Diocese of St. Petersburg|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 1:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 327189 N 3075020|
|Decimal Degrees||27.78861667, -82.75401667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 27° 47.317', W 82° 45.241'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||27° 47' 19.02" N, 82° 45' 14.46" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8399 Elbow Ln N, Saint Petersburg FL 33710, US|
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