In the museum of the Florida Historical Society, at 7 West Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, there is an old bell of Spanish origin which is one of the very few existing relics of the missions established by the Roman Catholic church in colonial days throughout the territory now embraced by the State of Florida. The bell was cast of an alloy of tin, copper, and silver; it is eighteen inches in height, measures four feet around the base, and bears the inscription SANTA MARIA ORA PROBONIS, with the date ANO 1758, and a raised cross composed of twenty-four eight-pointed stars. It is a remarkably well-preserved specimen of Spanish workmanship.
Williams, Emma Rochelle
"The Society's Relics - I. The Bell of a Florida Spanish Mission,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 5:
3, Article 8.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol5/iss3/8