PHOTO BY KEN CLARKE, ORLANDO SENTINEL
August 7, 2014
In the second half of the 17th century, Mission San Luis de Apalachee flourished as no other town in Spanish Florida outside of St. Augustine. About 1,500 Apalachee Indians including one of the most powerful chiefs, a Spanish deputy governor, a detachment of Spanish soldiers and several priests lived and worked together on a hill in Tallahassee.
San Luis was one of more than 100 missions established in Florida by the Spanish between 1565 and 1690. It was so successful that San Luis became the breadbasket of the colony, shipping corn and other goods to St. Augustine -- or sometimes taking a more lucrative, although illegal, route straight to Havana.
Nowhere else in Florida did the natives and the Spanish work together so productively, if not always in harmony.
State archaeologists are bringing this amazing place back to life, just as it looked at its peak. Their work allows visitors a glimpse of a fascinating part of Florida history about which most of us are clueless.
-- Ken Clarke, Orlando Sentinel
You can read more about Mission San Luis de Apalachee at www.dos.state.fl.us/dhr/bar/san-luis/index.html