Martyrdom in Coastal Georgia 420 Years Ago

While looking up information regarding where Hurricane Jose may come inland I came across an interesting bit of history about the area. I mean something I didn’t already know.

The story below was a tragic, a very sad one that should’ve never happened.

But I have a problem when people go places they aren’t invited. Yes, Jesus said go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all the lands but he never said anything about butting your way into other people’s way of life and taking their land in the process.

He strictly said how this was to be done. I feel real Martyrdom is when the person is someplace they are wanted and the occupants want to hear what they have to say. Jesus said leave if they do not wish to listen.

I had to do a lot research about Martyrdom to write the Unholy Pursuit Saga. There are many cases of martyrdom where the person wasn’t invading someone’s home. They were preaching and teaching in their general area or where they had been invited.

I’m sorry but I have conflicted emotions when I read cases like this being declared martyrdom. Most cases I read of saints they were too busy trying to stay alive to invade anyone’s land. Too busy trying to stay ahead of those seeking to kill them.

But it was an interesting piece of history I didn’t know.

The picture above is St. Valentine. What happened to him and to Saint Valentina hundreds of years earlier. In my humble opinion was martyrdom.


Martyrdom in Coastal Georgia 420 Years Ago
September 14, 2017 by Father Pablo


The Spanish successfully established colonies and missions along the eastern coast of Florida and Georgia in the sixteenth century. Though this territory collectively called “La Florida” was not rich in gold and silver, it was a strategic location since Spanish galleons full of riches sailed back to Europe along the coast. Fearful of British attacks and unfriendly natives along the coast, the Spanish had an interest in colonizing the region. After the successful founding of Saint Augustine in present-day Florida in 1565, the Spanish founded a string of missions along the coast, both on the mainland and barrier islands.

By 1597 there were five missions in Coastal Georgia where Franciscan friars preached the Gospel, learned the indigenous Guale language, and lived peacefully with the native population. Most Guale natives not only embraced Christianity but also welcomed European goods such as glass beads, metal tools, various cloths and other luxury items. The friars lived among the Guale without any military presence, giving evidence to the good relations between the Guale and the missionaries.

Friar Luis Geronimo de Oré (a Peruvian Franciscan friar) recorded in 1618 after visiting La Florida, that on September 1597, the friar assigned to the mission of Tolomato (near Eulonia, Georgia) did not allow a baptized, Guale man to take a second wife. Juanillo, who was the heir to a Guale chiefdom, opposed Friar Pedro de Corpa’s fidelity to Christian teaching on marriage and killed him on September 14th, 1597. Juanillo and the men he assembled continued to the other missions to kill all the friars.

Before arriving to Saint Catherines Island, Juanillo ordered the chief of the island to execute the two friars stationed there, Friar Miguel de Añon and Friar Antonio de Badajoz. Unwilling to carry out the order, the chief begged the friars to flee south to the mission on San Pedro Island (present day Cumberland Island). The friars refused to believe the rumors of coming murder. Once Juanillo and his men reached Saint Catherines, the two friars were brutally killed after they prayed fervently inside the mission, today marked by twelve palm trees. The Guale men also killed Friar Blas de Rodríguez near Darien and Friar Francisco de Veráscola as he returned by canoe from Saint Augustine to his mission on present-day Saint Simons Island. A sixth friar, Francisco de Avila, was kidnapped and experienced horrible tortures until he was liberated months later

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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3 Responses to Martyrdom in Coastal Georgia 420 Years Ago

  1. J. Watkins says:

    Hi A. White,

    I saw you tweeting about your books a few weeks ago. It sounded interesting so I ordered one. I must say it was pretty good. Different at least. I see you did a lot of research on the lives of saints to write it. It shows in the first book.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ann Harden says:

    I had never heard of this story. But you have point. You couldn’t go into other people’s houses.

    On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 11:06 PM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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