The Huguenot Memorial Site

The Huguenot Memorial Site (HMMCS)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32226 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 24.668', W 81° 25.235'

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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.
Marker NumberF-138
Year Placed1967
Placed ByFlorida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 10:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 459603 N 3364418
Decimal Degrees30.41113333, -81.42058333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.668', W 81° 25.235'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 40.08" N, 81° 25' 14.10" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10980 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville FL 32226, US
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