We have been on the road since Thursday. Early plans were spoiled by weather, but did manage a nice day in North Carolina (will post those later) and today in Tallahassee Florida.
I visited the Mission San Luis, site of the first white settlement here. It was a Spanish Mission/Fort and an Applachee Indian village. It was occupied until about 1654 when it was burnt to keep it from falling into the hands of the British and their Creek allies.
The Native Americans had built what was the largest known structure of its type in the US. The Council House was 124 feet in diameter, and could hold 2000 people for ceremonies and meetings. The chief's home was about 65 feet in diameter and a tribal members home was about 24 feet.
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There were two rows of benches around the inside, one against the wall and another as an inside ring. A fire would be built in the center and the opening in the roof allowed daylight in and smoke out.
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The Spanish built a chapel. The cemetery was in the floor of the chapel with the most important people buried neared the altar.
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A "covento" or Friar's House was provided, with small cells and a Friar's chapel.
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The kitchen was detached at the rear and the Appalchee women cooked and did laundry there.
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The Blockhouse was built first and then the palisades fort built around it. There had been at most 40 soldiers assigned there. There were also Spanish civilians who were farmers, traders or tradesmen.
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The State of Florida has continuing archeological excavations going on.
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