First Mission Period 1566 - 1587
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A Gualean village on the Georgia coast, was the scene of ten months of missionary effort by Brother Villareal, who had labored earlier at Tequesta and Carlos. He was not accompanied by soldiers and labored in Tupiqui without success until mid- 1570. There is no mention of structures associated with his work there. The Franciscans established a mission named Santa Clara de Tupiqui in this village late in the sixteenth century and some of that mission's people survived until the end of the mission period. However in the 1680s the surviving Tupiqui settled on the northern end of Amelia Island in a mission still named Santa Clara de Tupiqui.
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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"
© Copyright. John P. Walsh. April 21, 2002