Category Archives: Florida History

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, […]

History of Jacksonville – A Historical Timeline Of Jacksonville’s Settlements

History of Jacksonville – A Historical Timeline Of Jacksonville’s Settlements

Jacksonville is an area of stunning natural beauty, fantastic weather, river and ocean access, and a host of incredible natural resources. With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that settlers have been drawn to the area for hundreds of years. In fact, to this very day, more and more people continue to visit Jacksonville […]

1565: The Massacre Of The Huguenots By The Spanish In Florida

1565: The Massacre Of The Huguenots By The Spanish In Florida

The early history of Florida, was a time of turmoil, as the race to establish colonies in the New World began to take place. Coinciding with the religious wars of by the Catholic Church that were taking place in Europe, the scene was set for religious conflict and bloodshed. However, it was far from the […]

5 Unique Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of St. Augustine

5 Unique Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of St. Augustine

St. Augustine is home to dozens of historical landmarks that help to piece together the interesting history of this city. The city has played host to a number of different people and cultures over the years, evidence of which is still evident through the city’s historical sites today. Native Americans, Spanish settlers, British soldiers, pirates, […]

History Of St. Augustine – A Timeline Of The City’s Most Important Historical Events

History Of St. Augustine – A Timeline Of The City’s Most Important Historical Events

The history of St. Augustine is as interesting and diverse as the people who live there today. As one of the first sites of colonization, and the oldest continuously occupied European settlement, in what would become the United States, St. Augustine has also played an important role in the history of the country. From the […]