This simple white cross stands on a mound near the Gulf Of Mexico. It is in Pensacola Beach and marks the site of the first Cristian religious service. On August 14, 1559 a Spanish expedition, consisting of eleven ships under the command of Spanish Conquistador Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano, landed on the shores of Pensacola Bay.
August 14, is the eve of the Assumption of Mary. After reaching land on their voyage the Catholic Dominican friars, that travelled with the expedition, celebrated the Assumption. It was the first Catholic Mass in America. The cross was erected by the Knights of Columbus in the 1950s to mark the location of the mass centuries ago. It has stood for decades surviving the forces of numerous hurricanes.
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