Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe near (the Guale Village of) Tolomato (near Darien) is founded by Rev. Pedro de Corpa, OFM (born in Vilabilla, Spain).
In this same year, Rev. Blas Rodriguez, OFM (of Cuacos, Spain and Superior of the Guale Missions) starts his missionary work among the Guale after 7 years of service in Florida. He goes on to found Mission Sta Clara (near Eulonia, GA). (from “Five 16th-Century Franciscans Considered for Beatification,” in the Savannah News-Press, 12/7/1980 & “Past…Spanish Missions Tell the Tale,” in the Southern Cross, 1/27/1983)
Initial information gathered by the Cause for Beatification indicates that Spanish Missions were reestablished among the Guale, and an investigation about the Franciscan deaths was pursued. (from “Five 16th-Century Franciscans Considered for Beatification,” in the Savannah News-Press, 12/7/1980)
Other history indicates that the Catholic Bishop of Havana visits the Province of Spanish Georgia and confirms 2,074 Indians practicing the Catholic faith. (from “Stephens Mitchell Outlines Spanish Missions’ History,” in The Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association, 6/26/1937)
Stephen Mitchell (president of the Atlanta Bar Association and, among other positions, member of the historical committee for the Catholic Laymen’s Association) delivers a radio address on WSB Atlanta crediting St. Mary’s as first being occupied in 1566 by Spaniards and suggests that it is one of the oldest continually occupied locations by Western Europeans on the GA coast.
He also names and describes the locations of some of the Spanish missions:
From “Stephens Mitchell Outlines Spanish Missions’ History,” in The Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association, 6/26/1937