Category Archives: French Huguenots

Huguenot History: Who Exactly Were The Huguenots?

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (the 1500s & 1600s), Protestants in France who followed the teachings of John Calvin were known as Huguenots (also French Protestants, Reformed Church, and Calvinists). Calvin was a French theologian who would ultimately become a leading figure in the Protestant movement in the sixteenth century (the 1500s). Renowned for […]

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French Huguenots Attacked – The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Beginning on the 24th of August 1572, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre was undoubtedly one of the most horrendous and violent events in French Huguenot history. Lasting more than two months in total, this widespread murder of French Huguenots resulted in the loss of between five thousand and twenty-five thousand people. Let’s take a closer […]

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Seeking Refuge In Brazil: The First French Huguenots In The Americas

French Protestants, also known as Huguenots, were heavily persecuted in France during the 1500 and 1600s. Despite the growing number of Huguenots in France, the country was still predominantly Roman Catholic, which in turn led to countless conflicts and some terrible acts of violence such as the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. In an effort to […]

Introducing John Calvin: The Most Influential Huguenot Theologian In History

Few people would argue that John Calvin is one of the most important – if not the most important – theologians of (Reformed Theology) of modern times. Since the 1500s, Calvin had a huge impact on the Protestant church and many would rank him among the most influential ministers of the Word from France and […]

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An Overview Of The Council Of Trent And Its Purpose

Held between 1545 and 1563 in Trent, Northern Italy, the Council Of Trent was the nineteenth ecumenical council of the Catholic Church. Also, known as a general council, this event was a meeting of bishops and other important figures in the church to discuss, debate, and ultimately rule on various questions surrounding the Catholic doctrine. […]

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The Consequences Of Spanish And French Colonization In Florida

In both France and Spain, the one hundred years from 1500 and 1600 were incredibly turbulent, to say the least. During this period, the French Wars of Religion, involving conflicts between Protestants and Catholics, spilled over to America, leading to a change in the landscape of the United States which can still be felt to […]

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, […]