Category Archives: Florida History

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, […]

History And Heritage - Exploring 6,000 Years Of Florida's Maritime Culture

History And Heritage – Exploring 6,000 Years Of Florida’s Maritime Culture

An integral part of the history of Florida is its maritime heritage that dates back thousands of years. Around 2400 BC, Native Americans began to occupy what is now modern-day Florida. As a loose amalgamation of tribes that shared a common language, the Timucua were not bound politically as a common people. While they traded […]

French Huguenot Jean Ribault. The Lost Fleet and flag ship La Trinite 1565

Huguenot Disaster – An Investigation Of Jean Ribault’s Fleet

In the first half of the 1500s, the Spanish made several expeditions to the New World, laying claim to a large region that included modern-day Florida, along with much of what we now know as the southeastern United States. However, unbeknownst to the Spanish, the French (French Huguenots) had already established a settlement at Fort […]

Fort Caroline – The Story Of A Short-Lived French Colony

Fort Caroline – The Story Of A Short-Lived French Colony

The History of Jacksonville dates way back to Jun 22nd, 1564 when the French Colony of Fort Caroline was first established on the site of what we now know as the city of Jacksonville. Built under the guidance of French Huguenot explorer, René Goulaine de Laudonnière, Fort Caroline served as a New World refuge for […]

Explorer And Conquistador – Introducing Pedro Menendez de Aviles Of Spain

Explorer And Conquistador – Introducing Pedro Menendez de Aviles Of Spain

In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles and his men set sail for the New World. King Philip II of Spain, a devout Catholic, ordered his men to sail to Florida to remove the French Protestants from the region. He and his men landed in, what is nowadays St. Augustine, and set off overland to overturn […]

Bold Beginnings – How St. Augustine Became The First City In The United States

Bold Beginnings – How St. Augustine Became The First City In The United States

Long before the pilgrims arrived in Jamestown, the longest-standing permanent European settlement in the modern-day United States had already been founded. In fact, it was founded fifty-five years earlier. Back in September 1565, the history of St. Augustine began with Spanish sailor, soldier, and explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his men established a settlement […]

The History Of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine - Florida’s Oldest Catholic Church

The History Of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine – Florida’s Oldest Catholic Church

The history of St. Augustine dates back to September 1565 when the city was first founded, becoming one of the oldest established cities in the country. Earning its nickname ‘The Ancient City, St Augustine, is renowned for its stunning architecture and the intricately designed facades that punctuate the cobblestone streets of this remarkable city. Undoubtedly, […]