Commemorating 450 Years of French History in Florida

 

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On May 1, 1562, Jean Ribault sailed into what we now call the St. Johns River, and named it The River of May. He met with the indigenous, Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians on the North side of the river and claimed the beautiful land for France by placing a stone onto the ground in her honor.  
 
The next French exploration occurred in 1564, Fort Caroline - la Caroline - was built, and the “First Thanksgiving” took place on June 30 of the same year.
 
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This website is a resource to help you commemorate the 450th anniversary of Huguenot Captain Jean Ribault's arrival in Northeast Florida, and the founding of Fort Caroline. You can read headlines, brush up on your history, keep up with events, peruse the marketplace or find a restaurant for French Week.

Historic Preservation AwardThe Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission honored the Jacksonville City Council for their efforts in Heirtage Education at the 2015 Annual Preservation Awards on May 7. The ceremony honors individuals and organizations that have contributed to historic preservation efforts in the Jacksonville area. To learn more about the event, click here.