Explore the impact that France has had on the history of our state. This page contains links to some valuable information and resources that detail the people and events that helped shape Florida's early history.
Beaches Museum and History Park
- the Beaches Area Historical Society (BAHS) is the only organization dedicated solely to preserving the history and heritage of Florida's First Coast beach communities including Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and historic Palm Valley.
Beaufort County, South Carolina
- The Beaufort County Historical Society and the Committee to honor the 450th landing of Jean Ribaut is pleased to announce the schedule of events to honor the first French stronghold and the first Huguenot/Protestant settlement in the New World.
City of Fernandina Beach, Florida
- is planning a series of activities to commemorate the first flag and the French influence on the city's heritage. Download a flyer of Fernandina Beach's upcoming events
Florida Association of Museums
- an online database of more than 400 Florida museums that includes in-depth information on their collections, exhibits and programs.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
- Florida’s state arts agency. The division promotes arts and culture as essential to quality of life for all Floridians. Diverse resources include arts in education, local arts agency, state service organization, theater, dance, museum, music, visual arts programs and much more.
Florida Historical Museum of Southern Florida
- the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications.
Florida Museum of Natural History
- has its goals as understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage to ensure their survival for future generations.
Florida Historical Society
- is the oldest cultural organization in the state and is the only state-wide historical society. The FHS is dedicated to preserving Florida’s past through the collection, archival maintenance and publication of historical documents relating to the history of Florida.
Florida Living History
- is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to informing about Florida’s colonial and territorial past, using living-history programs, demonstrations and recreated portrayals of significant historical events.
Francophonie 2012 Cultural Festival -
A celebration of French culture in Washington, D.C. March 6 through April 15, 2012.
French American Chamber of Commerce Florida
- an organization formed to support strong business relations between France and the United States while promoting the development of their member companies in Florida.
French Embassy in Washington
- the Embassy of France in the United States is headed by the Ambassador François Delattre. The Embassy’s efforts are bolstered by its many Departments and Consulates in New York, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta.
House of France
- The culutural outreach arm of the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.
Jacksonville Historical Society
Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Museum
- a non-profit, educational association and collects books, documents, artifacts, and other historical objects significant to General Maritime History of Jacksonville and Florida's First Coast; preserves their historical value; and interprets their meaning to the public by means of museum displays, educational programs, lectures and publications.
Jacksonville Public Library
- The Jacksonville Public Library has compiled a list of reading material to brush up on your Commemorate 450 history.
Lost Ships of St. Augustine
- Early in 1565, France's King Charles sent Jean Ribault to re-supply and assume command of Fort Caroline, which had been established the previous year on the banks of the River of May (St. John's River) in present-day Jacksonville.
Museum of Florida History
National Huguenot Society
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Jacksonville Chapter
Parris Island and Museum
- Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region.
St. Augustine 450
- the website commemorating the 450th anniversary of the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.
State Library and Archives of Florida
United States Embassy in France
- the U.S. Embassy in Paris was America’s first diplomatic mission, and some of our "founding fathers" such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were among our first envoys to France.
Virtual Museum of New France
- the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida. VISIT FLORIDA is not a government agency, but rather a not-for-profit corporation that carries out the work of the Florida Commission on Tourism. Read their Mar. 11, 2012 blog post, 7 Free Things to Do in Jacksonville This Spring
Viva Florida 500
- Commemorates Florida's rich heritage and diverse cultural history through 2013, a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States. As 2013 nears, this website reflects the plans, activities and events that will mark Florida's 500th anniversary, a statewide and year-long event.