history

San Juan del Puerto

In the late 1570s, a Catholic mission named San Juan del Puerto was founded on Fort George Island, near the river’s mouth. Eventually, the river came to be known for this mission, taking on the name “Río de San Juan,” and later translated to English, the St. Johns River. Throughout colonization, war, and the creation of the United States, this is the name that endures today.

San Juan del Puerto