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First Mission Period 1566 - 1587

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l2. AJACAN

Ajacan was the farthest northward attemp, resutled in short-lived Jesuit mission in the Chesapeake Bay region where five priests and brothers and all but one of four young lay catechists perished on September 10, 1570, about five months after their arrival with a Christianized native leader known as Don Luis. Don Luis soon turned against the missionaries and instigated the murders. The only known structure built there by the Spaniards was their cabin, part of which was used to say Mass. The site has not been identified, but is believed probably to have been near the village of Chiskiac, not far from the later Jamestown.

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REFERENCES Dr. John H. Hann
"Summary Guide to Spanish Florida Missions and Vistas with Churches in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries"


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