The story of the early centuries of the Catholic Church in Florida, the oldest establishment of the Christian faith in the United States, is one of the most remarkable in Florida’s more than 500 years of history. Gannon takes us through the Spanish settlements and the evangelism of the Indians, the tragic end of the missions and beyond into the mid to late 19th century. Maps, rare sketches, and photographs accompany this in-depth study written in such a fluid manner, you’ll think you’re reading a novel! The book’s literary grace is matched by its historical authenticity, because Gannon has used all available original manuscripts as well as the best secondary sources of this and past centuries.
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