Tag Archives: Christophe de Goulaine

Ft. Caroline 1564-2014

Did you know that in 2014, Jacksonville has a date of special significance in the world history calendar? On May 1, 1562, French Huguenot  and three French ships under his command landed at the mouth of the St. Johns River, naming it the River of May. He claimed this bountiful and pristine land for France and named it New France, which subsequently appeared on maps of the time. According to his maritime journal, he met and exchanged gifts with the indigenous  tribes on the north and south banks of the river. On May 3rd, Ribault and his three ships, one …

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