Spanish Missions in La Florida

When the Spanish first landed in the new world they were in search of new resources and wealth. There was also an effort to bring Christianity to the aboriginal people. Most people identify the early Spanish missions in the United States with California or the Southwest. The average American does not associate Spanish missions with Florida or the southeastern United States. Spanish La Florida extended from Key West, north to Newfoundland, and west to Texas. With such a large area to defend it was impossible to defend this land from other European powers of the day.

This site presents a brief intrduction to the missions, missionaries and indigious people of
Spanish La Florida.

© Copyright. John P. Walsh. May 3, 2002