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Second Mission Period 1587 - 1616

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34. TOCOY

The mission was a Fresh Water Timucua settlement on the St. Johns River more or less five leagues due west of St. Augustine. By 1602 it was one of three Fresh Water Timucua settlements possessing churches served by Fray Pedro Bermejo, who probably lived at Enacape .In 1602, seven Fresh Water settlements held about 200 Christians. Ross mentioned Tocoy as having an unnamed friar in 1605. Bishop Altamirano confirmed ninety people there in 1606. His visit occasioned what appears to be the last mention of the settlement in this era. The modem settlement on the river's east bank that bears the name Tocoi presumably marks the site of the mission.

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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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