Site of Early Spanish Mission

Site of Early Spanish Mission (HM77H)

Location: Darien, GA 31305 McIntosh County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 21.86', W 81° 25.051'

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This high bluff was the site of one of the early Spanish Missions of the Old District of Guale. Here, in the late 16th and the 17th centuries, Franciscan friars labored with the Indians, converting them to Chritianity and instructing them in agriculture and other crafts of civilization.

Occupied by a large Indian village before the coming of the Spaniards, this tract was an ideal site for the mission and school activities of the Spanish priests. Archaeological excavations in the area in 1941 and 1953 disclosed evidence of both Indian and Spanish occupation- Indian pottery and bone tools with Spanish olive jars, majolica and iron work, outline of buildings constructed before and after the coming of white men.

Built in the area called by the Spaniards, "Talaje," the mission on this site was part of the chain of missions and visitas by which Spain held title for nearly two centuries to what is now the Coast of Georgia.
HM NumberHM77H
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number095-10
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460293 N 3470055
Decimal Degrees31.36433333, -81.41751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 21.86', W 81° 25.051'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 21' 51.60" N, 81° 25' 3.06" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1475-1509 McIntosh Rd, Darien GA 31305, US
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