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Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise, Photos by James Brown

5 Outdoor Activities You Can Do with Your Family in Jacksonville

Though it doesn’t always make the top beach lists, Jacksonville is one of Florida’s more unique cities with plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. The city is a nature lovers dream, and you’ll be hard-pressed to see all the wildlife and amazing environments that exist in and around Jacksonville. With all this natural beauty and the family-friendly activities, it’s no wonder that the city has recently been appearing on fastest-growing city lists and new homes for sale in Jacksonville Florida are on the rise. Parks on Parks on Parks Did you know Jacksonville has the largest total urban …

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River Life A Short History of the St. Johns People

    The St. Johns River provided a virtual cornucopia to its inhabitants for millennia. The rich bounty of the coastal riverine environment spawned a unique St. Johns culture. Before 500 BCE, residents had already established a basic lifeway from which the culture developed over the next thousand years. Fishing and shellfish-collecting supplied the bulk of their diet, supplemented by hunting and gathering. So reliable was the river’s reward that it supported permanent settlements long before the introduction of corn-based agriculture in the region. When St. Johns villages grew too large for adjacent resources to support, breakaway villages formed elsewhere …

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450 years ago – St. Augustine found

BY GEORGE GARDNER In April 1513, Spanish explorer landed in Florida, the first of many Europeans to come. Historians generally believe that Juan Ponce came to shore somewhere between the mouth of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral, however Juan Ponce’s last known longitude places his historic landing somewhere near or at St. Augustine. In March, 1565, it was the year after Michelangelo’s death, Shakespeare’s birth and some 52 years since Ponce de Leon first sighted La Florida. It all began in the court of Spain’s , who was determined to establish a permanent Spanish settlement on …

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OLD ARLINGTON: History Revealed

Traveling through Arlington today, you might be surprised by its rich history and former cultural distance from Jacksonville proper. Geographically, some of its elevated land makes it unusual for North Florida. For early residents, that high land meant beautiful views and excellent drainage, a highly valued commodity when it came to public health through the 1900s. Like a lot of the land around the St. Johns River, shows evidence of human occupation by Native Americans, dating as far back as 5000 B.C. The most notable evidence in Arlington is several Indian mounds, such as the Shields Mound, a hill so …

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On the River: Meet our new Jacksonville River Taxi

The defining feature of downtown Jacksonville is the . There is no better place to visualize the tremendous potential of our city than while cruising on our downtown . We often take this vessel for granted, while failing to take advantage of the benefits it could provide. Currently, our River Taxi serves a very limited and utilitarian purpose. It transports people from one side of the river to the other and helps to alleviate traffic on game days and major events. What if, instead, the River Taxi expanded by offering commuter transportation, taking people to desirable destinations, and providing tours …

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La Caroline

It was 462 years ago (1562) that  Captain  and a group of French explorers sailed west on the Atlantic Ocean and into the mouth of the St. Johns River. Ribault named this river that runs north the River of May (thus, ), and he and his men met and exchanged gifts with the indigenous Timucua Indian tribes, who had lived here for thousands of years. According to maritime journals, Ribault and the French explorers set a large stone pillar carved toward the top with three fleur-de-lis firmly into the ground by the water’s edge and claimed this beautiful, pristine land …

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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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