Our Mission

Our Mission Statement

The mission of this Order is declared to be historical and educational, and it shall endeavor to perpetuate the memory of the leaders of the Old World who sponsored the discovery, exploration and settlement of the New World, and the explorers and settlers who came to North America during the critical period of 1492 to 1692, and laid the foundations for the development of the new continent of North America; to recognize and promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire the descendants and the community at large with a more profound respect for the industry and sacrifices of our founding forebearers.

To encourage historical research in relation to the discovery, exploration and settlement of North America; to acquire and preserve the records of the individual leaders, explorers and settlers, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks; to mark the sites of the founding of North America with memorials; and to celebrate the anniversaries of prominent events of the first two hundred years following the discovery of the New World in 1492.

To encourage research and writing about the period 1492-1692 through scholarships and awards; to promote genealogical and historical seminars and educational travel to Europe to visit the homelands of our founders. The order shall be non-partisan, in conformity with regulations regarding 501(c)(3) organizations.

~Approved by Executive Committee Action, April 2013.