Monday, March 8, 2010
Council House at Mission San Luis
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.