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Second Mission Period 1587 - 1616

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37-SANTO DOMINGO (NAPA, NAPUICA or NAPOYCAI)

Established in 1602, Santo Domingo was a Christian village with a church under the jurisdiction of the friar at San Pedro. Fray Lopez described its location thus: "on the island of Napa and that which is a neck of land extending into the ocean from this,' there are two villages with their churches: Santo Domingo, which would have 180 Christians, and Santa Maria de la Sena, which has 112 Christians." That island of Napa or Napoyca has been identified generally as Amelia Island.' Gaspar, identified as cacique of Napuica in 1604. was among those confirmed in the settlement. Even Lanning placed Napa among s that had once had their own friars whose, chiefs asked the governor for friars in 1604.

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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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