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

The Building of la Caroline

Fort Caroline National Monument

 

—Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve —

 
The Building of la Caroline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
1. The Building of la Caroline Marker
Inscription. "Every one of us - noblemen, soldiers, workmen, sailors - worked hard to get our post ready to shelter us from the weather and protect us against enemies."
Jacques le Moyne, 1564 la Caroline colonist and artist

Measuring a piece of ground in the shape of a triangle, the colonists laid out their fort and settlement. Using shovels, cutting hooks, and hatchets, they cleared the site of trees. The fort and storage barns were erected quickly, with other buildings soon to follow.

The first guardhouse, built in the center of the fort, stood too high and was blown over by fierce winds. Baking ovens were placed outside the fort to keep fire away from the fort's powder magazine. Once the common buildings were completed, the colonists set to work building their homes.

The original site and exact placement of the colony and fort are still a mystery to historians. In 1964, 400 years after the establishment of la Caroline, the fort you see before you was built by the National Park Service. It is not a reconstruction of the original, it is based on educated guesswork and serves only to bring the fort story alive.
 
Erected by National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 23.189′ 
Engraving Showing the Layout of the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
2. Engraving Showing the Layout of the Fort
N, 81° 29.99′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker can be reached from Ft. Caroline Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the tour trail from the visitor center in Fort Caroline National Monument. 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. Fort de la Caroline (within shouting distance of this marker); Timucuan Friends (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The River of May (about 700 feet away); Spanish Pond (approx. 0.3 miles away); Staking a Claim (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ribault Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); New France (approx. 0.6 miles away); Timucuan Preserve (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Caroline History. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
The Building of la Caroline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
3. The Building of la Caroline Marker
Fort Caroline image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
4. Fort Caroline
The reconstruction includes a moat and bastions similar to those seen on the engraving.
Entrance to Fort Caroline image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
5. Entrance to Fort Caroline
Reconstructed Baking Oven image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 31, 2011
6. Reconstructed Baking Oven
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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