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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.

What Was Jean Ribault Looking For When He Set Sail From France In 1562?

What Was Jean Ribault Looking For When He Set Sail From France In 1562?

Despite the importance of Jean Ribault in the history of French colonization, few people know who he was or can answer the crucial question of “what was Jean Ribault looking for?” Ribault was a French Huguenot explorer who played a major role in the early French colonization of the Florida area. His exploits took place […]

10 Interesting Facts About Jean Ribault You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Interesting Facts About Jean Ribault You Probably Didn’t Know

Anyone who has studied the amazing life of Jean Ribault will most likely have many questions, including “when was Jean Ribault born?” This key historical figure played a major role in the history of French colonization in the New World. His life encompasses several critical events that shaped both early North American and European history. […]

Inspiring Exploration – Who Was Jean Ribault?

Inspiring Exploration – Who Was Jean Ribault?

Many people do not know who Jean Ribault was; nevertheless, he played an important role in the history of Florida. The history of settlement in the Americas is filled with all sorts of interesting stories and characters. Florida, in particular, is home to numerous individuals and events that are worth recalling, if only to better […]