Author Archives: Calvin Bryant

Charles IX, King Of France And His Link To Jean Ribault’s Expeditions

Jean Ribault came to fame as a French naval officer, navigator, explorer, and colonizer of what we know nowadays as the southeastern United States. A proud Huguenot, Ribault was heavily involved in colonizing modern-day Florida, leading an expedition to the New World in 1562 which resulted in the founding of Charlesfort on Parris Island, which […]

French Huguenot Myth Busted. Who Really Founded Fort Caroline in Florida?

French Huguenot Myth Busted. Who Really Founded Fort Caroline in Florida?

Contrary to popular belief French Huguenot, Jean Ribault was not the founder of Fort Caroline near present-day Jacksonville, Florida. It was in fact Ribault’s second in command, the courageous René Goulaine de Laudonnière. In 1564 our man Jean Ribault was locked away in the Tower of London and couldn’t make the return journey to re-supply […]

The First European Battle In The New World – The Battle Of Fort Caroline

The First European Battle In The New World – The Battle Of Fort Caroline

The Spanish had long planned on becoming the dominant force in the colonization of Florida in the late 1400s through to the 1500s. Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish conquistador, and explorer are widely known to have led the very first European expedition to Florida. After traveling to the New World with Christopher Columbus in […]

End Of The French Huguenots In Florida – The Story Of The Loss Of The French Fleet

End Of The French Huguenots In Florida – The Story Of The Loss Of The French Fleet

After being released from prison in 1564, French Huguenot explorer, navigator, and sea captain Jean Ribault was sent on a relief mission back to Florida, on his second voyage. Setting sail with a fleet of seven ships, five hundred soldiers, weapons and ammunition, various supplies, a selection of livestock, and five hundred sailors and colonists, […]

Fun Facts – 4 Interesting Things You Might Not Have Known About St. Augustine

Fun Facts – 4 Interesting Things You Might Not Have Known About St. Augustine

The history of St. Augustine is fascinating. Founded on September 8th, 1565, by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the conquistador originally named the settlement ‘St. Augustín’. He arrived with supplies, soldiers, and settlers from Spain with the intention of establishing a stronghold in the area, which he achieved success. From their fleet, Menendez and […]

Before Colonization – Who Were The Timucua Indians?

Before Colonization – Who Were The Timucua Indians?

Before European colonizers reached the shores of modern-day Florida, the Timucua Indians occupied the region. They represented the largest indigenous group in the area, with thirty-five different chiefdoms being established that led thousands of people. Timucuan speakers occupied an area of more than 19,200 miles, which consisted of many different and diverse environments, including lakes, […]

The Significance Of The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Augustine In Florida’s History

The Significance Of The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Augustine In Florida’s History

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the seat of the current Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine and is the oldest Catholic Church in the country. This is where the city of St. Augustine was founded in September 1565, more than a century before many other American towns were ever established. Known as […]

Important Historical Figures: Biography Of Jean Ribault

Important Historical Figures: Biography Of Jean Ribault

French explorer, colonizer, naval officer, and navigator, Jean Ribault, was born in 1520 in the coastal community of Dieppe in the Normandy region of Northern France. Dieppe was a critical port during the Renaissance period where some of the country’s most infamous cartographers, navigators, and sailors were based. Born into such a place during the […]

History Of Jacksonville: Early European Settlement To Thriving Metropolis

History Of Jacksonville: Early European Settlement To Thriving Metropolis

Early in the 16th century, uncertain times in Europe brought several explorers to the shores of the New World. The first of these was the Spanish explorers who landed in Florida in 1513. As a result, the history of Florida, including the history of Jacksonville, was forged by Spanish explorers such as Pedro Menéndez. These […]

Huguenot History - The Story Of The French Protestant Movement

Huguenot History – The Story Of The French Protestant Movement

The early history of Florida is interwoven with the spread of the French Protestant movement across Europe, the United States, and Africa. From the early 1600s to the late seventeenth century, thousands of Huguenots left their homes in France due to repeated waves of religious persecution. One of these Huguenots was the famous French navigator, […]