Spanish missions among the Indigenous
In the late 16th century, Spanish missions with Franciscans were established along the coast as part of the colonial system in the northern frontier of Florida. The Spanish worked and lived among the native Gaule people.
According to research compiled by the Diocese of Savannah, Gaule leader Juanillo opposed Friar Pedro de Corpa’s defense of and teaching about the sacrament of marriage. During an Indigenous uprising, Friar de Corpa was killed on Sept. 14, 1597. Four of the friar’s companions—Blas, Miguel, Antonio and Francisco—were also murdered in the following days.