• The mission of Nombre de Dios was established around 1567, two years after St. Augustine was founded. Franciscan friar Antonio de Escobedo was assigned to the mission, and helped build the first church at that site. This church site was rediscovered in 1934, when a gardener found human remains while planting an orange tree. Archaeologists found over 100 Christianized Native American burials, the largest ever discovered in the United States.


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