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This Day (In Nomine Patris Edition)


On this day in 1570, a group of Spanish Jesuit missionaries landed at what we now call the Chesapeake but what they called La Bahía de Santa María, or the Bay of the Mother of God. They had with them a local boy, an Indian who had joined the Spanish back in 1561 and had since been baptized, taking the name Don Luís de Velasco. With Don Luís’s help, the brothers figured, what could possibly go wrong?
Well … as it turns out …
IMAGE: A frame from Land Marked/Marquette (Series), 2005, 16mm sound, color, 23 mins.

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