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Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Huguenot Memorial Site

 
 
The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2010
1. The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker
Inscription. In 1562, when France was being torn by religious strife, Gaspard de Coligny, Admiral of France, sent two vessels to the New World in search of a refuge for the oppressed Huguenots. Leading the expedition was the Huguenot explorer, Jean Ribaut, who charted a new course across the Atlantic and arrived off the coast of Florida.

On Friday, May 1, 1562, Ribaut's party first landed in the New World here on the east shore of Xalvis Island. In the presence of friendly Indians, the Frenchmen fell to the ground and gave thanks to God in the first Protestant worship service held in the New World.

Ribaut sailed on up the coast where he founded the colonial settlement of Charlesfort - named in honor of his king. Charlesfort did not last and in 1562 a Huguenot settlement - Fort Caroline - was established on the St. Johns. There, sometime before 1565, the first Protestant white child was born in what is now the United States.

On his second voyage to the Americas in 1565, Ruinate and his men were shipwrecked near St. Augustine. The bold explorer and most of his followers were cold-bloodedly murdered at Matanzas Inlet, near St. Augustine, by Spanish Governor Pedro Menendez, who feared the encroachment of France on Spain's Florida empire.
 
Erected 1967 by Florida Board of Parks
The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2010
2. The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker
View looking east of the historical marker in its location in front of the pay station entrance to Huguenot Memorial Park
and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-138.)
 
Location. 30° 24.668′ N, 81° 25.235′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Huguenot Memorial Park Road 0.2 miles east of Heckscher Drive (Florida Route A1A), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This historical marker is located in Huguenot Memorial Park, just in front the pay station where visitors must pay admission before entering the park. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. George Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Jean Ribaut (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ribault Club Inn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort George Island (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the Mission of San Juan del Puerto (approx. 1.2 miles away); Slave Cabins (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jean Ribault. This is a link to a discussion of the role of Jean Ribault in the history of the United States of America (Submitted on July 23, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2010
3. The Huguenot Memorial Site Marker
Another view, looking northeast, of the historical marker in its location in front of the park ranger station and the pay booth at the entrance to Huguenot Memorial Park.
 

2. Jean Ribault Claims Florida for France. This is a link to a site provided for by Exploring Florida: A Social Studies Resource for Students and Teachers. (Submitted on July 23, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Huguenot Memorial Park History. This is a link to a site that features information about Huguenot Memorial Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,179 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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