Commemorating 450 Years of French History in Florida
 

En français

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.