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Old Spanish Garden

Georgia Historical Marker:

OLD SPANISH GARDEN

Spain maintained missions along the coast for more than a century. Beginning in 1568 Jesuit and, later, Franciscan missionaries labored to Christianize the Indians and cultivated in the mission gardens figs, peaches, oranges and other plants introduced from Europe. Due to Indian uprisings, pirate raids and British depredations these missions were removed further south in 1686. A map of St. Simons Island made in 1739 by Capt. John Thomas, engineer in Oglethorpe's Regiment, locates an "OLD SPANISH GARDEN" near this site. In this area materials from the Spanish mission period have been found.

063-6 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1954

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