Monday, March 8, 2010

Council House at Mission San Luis



 
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Mission San Luis is an historic site located just 2 miles west of the Florida capitol building in downtown Tallahassee. It was a Spanish Francisan mission and Indian village which was settled from 1656 to 1704. The present day site is a re-created community and active archeological research area which you can read more about on their website. The mission was part of Spain's effort to colonize the region, and convert the Timucuan and Apalachee Indians to Christianity. The mission lasted until 1704, when it was evacuated and destroyed to prevent its use by hostile militia loyal to the England. The site where the mission stood was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. It is the most thoroughly documented and archaeologically investigated mission in the southeastern United States.

Shown above are pictures of a re-creation of the massive council house used by the Apalachee at Mission San Luis. This structure served as the center of activities for the village.

19 comments:

PAK said...

I like such archeological re(-)creation :-)

Kaori said...

I can imagine the people gathered around the fire with smoke coming out of the opening! Wonderful photos!

√ Abraham said...

I like this council house and wanted to say there is a recreated council house and other homes made along the Miami River near here and it is so interesting to be inside of them on a hot sweltering day. They were as cool as any air conditioned houses.

B SQUARED said...

Are you sure you didn't get a shot of a U.F.O. landing?

Cezar and Léia said...

What a beautiful structure and your pictures are excellent.Very interesting story about this Mission San Luis, they worked well with this kind of material to re-create the council, great work!
Hugs
Léia

Halcyon said...

Interesting structure and history.

Hilda said...

Fascinating! Thank you for this very interesting post, Lois.

Sunny said...

A really interesting structure, I've learned something new.
Sunny :)

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» has been thinking about doing a series on the California missions. - there are several nearby. Your post is further encouragement for him to do this.

Deden said...

this is very unique structure indeed.. a hole on the roof lets the light and the air in.. and indeed had its own historical value..great catch..

Tamera said...

What an interesting structure!

jennyfreckles said...

Gosh, I'd never have guessed what that was - how fascinating.

Jacob said...

Thanks, Lois...I knew not of this mission or site or anything else, so the photos and commentary were most interesting. I'm learning a lot about Tallahassee from your wonderful blog!

VP said...

This is the strangest thing seen in days, sorry for my ignorance on the matter. An amazing structure, full of history and you photographed it very well.

J Bar said...

An amazing structure.
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Johnny Nutcase said...

Great info and photos...looks and sounds really interesting!

JM said...

This is absolutely fantastic! Glad they have recreated such an interesting structure.

Tash said...

The shots are wonderful and so is the place. Thanks much for the great post.

Lisa Wilson said...

This must be a great place for a school field trip.