Category Archives: Jacksonville & Fort Caroline

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Pre-United States - A Brief Overview Of The Early History Of Jacksonville

The Pre-United States – A Brief Overview Of The Early History Of Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s early history is filled with many stories, both exciting and tragic. The history of Jacksonville has certainly been shaped by its unique climate and geography. But the characters and significant events that have taken place in Jacksonville’s past have made it the place that it is today. Having a better understanding of the history […]

Who are the Huguenot - JeanRibault.org

Who Were the French Huguenots?

The Huguenots found their promised land in America. Some of its greatest founders would come from its ranks. Heroes like Paul Revere, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, George Washington, Francis Marion, the Dupont’s, all can trace their family tree back to their Huguenot roots. They left an indelible mark on a new world that has become the greatest bastion of democracy and religious freedom in world history. Few Christians suffered more for their faith than the Huguenots. Their sacrifice passed down to us must never be forgotten.