Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Caroline National Monument
—Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve —
René de Laundonnière, 1564, Second-in-command during Jean Ribault's 1562 voyage.
On the morning of May 1, 1562, French navigator Jean Ribault first viewed the river you see before you - the St. Johns. He named it the River of May. A day later, staking France's claim to the New World, Ribault's men placed a stone marker - similar to the monument behind you - on a sandy knoll near the river's mouth.
Thus began a race with Spain to colonize la Florida. The race ended in 1565 with France's defeat and Ribault's death at the Matanzas massacre, south of St. Augustine.
(Caption at upper right):
This painting by Jacques le Moyne, an artist with the French expedition to colonize Florida in 1564, shows the expedition's leader, René de Laundonnière, standing with a Timucuan chief, Athore. Le Moyne's caption described the Timucuans as "worshiping the stone as an idol."
Erected by National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 30° 23.293′ Click for map. Located at the overlook for the Ribault Memorial (accessed from a driveway off Ft. Caroline Road) in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32225, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Timucuan Preserve (here, next to this marker); Ribault Monument (here, next to this marker); Staking a Claim (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish Pond (approx. half a mile away); The River of May (approx. half a mile away); Timucuan Friends (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Building of la Caroline (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort de la Caroline (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . . Ribault Monument. The monument is a replica of the stone placed by Ribault. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.