Welcome to the first Exploring Christendom video, which begins our Virginia Series where we discover how Christendom’s history and culture played an important role in the the story of Virginia.

In September of 1570 a group of Spanish Jesuits landed on the banks of the James River. Their mission was the conversion of the local native population, however, after a shocking betrayal, the priests became some of the early martyrs in the New World. If you are planning a visit to Colonial Williamsburg this summer be sure to visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the traditional site of the Spanish martyrs.

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