The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest City, in 1565. On September 8, 1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menendez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. Lopez would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first Mission whose goal was to convert the local Indian tribes to Catholicism by any means necessary.
Ancient Civilizations of Florida
Georgia Before Oglethorpe