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.