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Martyrs

From 1549 to 1761 many priests and natives were killed in evangelizing and defending the faith in our nation's colonial land known as La Florida.

Please explore this website to learn more about the martyrs, the status of their canonization and the effort to build a shrine.

 


ShrineThe History

Lead martyr Antonio was an Apalachee Indian and chief.  Husband and father, teacher of the Catechism, singer, guitar and flute player, carpenter devoted to St. Joseph, Antonio Cuipa was respected and loved by native and Spanish alike.  He evangelized natives with flute music while he shared the news of the Incarnation.  His joy and zeal brought many natives to the Faith. Antonio’s life ended tied to a cross, consoled, he said, to die like Jesus To read more...