The River of May

The River of May (HMVC9)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32225 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 23.194', W 81° 29.849'

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Fort Caroline National Monument

— Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve —

"[H]aving landed [on the River of May's shore]... we saw the chief of that country, ... he ... showed such enthusiasm that he almost lost his composure. He came up to us... repeating ...'friend, friend.'"
Captain Ren? de Laundonni?re, 1564

Captain Ren? de Laundonni?re, on June 22, 1564, arrived in New France with his three ships and some 200 French Protestant noblemen, soldiers, and artisans, landing along the River of May (St. Johns River). The adventurous men and women brought their fears, hopes, and dreams. Would they survive in this strange land? Would they discover the riches they imagined? The colonists were hopeful.

The French found a site for their settlement on June 30th. Protected by a bluff commanding a river view, the spot offered fertile land, potable water, woodland fruits and building materials, and an abundance of fish. The French soldiers thought the ground defensible and its closeness to the sea afforded access for ships. Above all, the Timucuan natives seemed friendly and willing to help them in their new world.
HM NumberHMVC9
Placed ByNational Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:17pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 452205 N 3361726
Decimal Degrees30.38656667, -81.49748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.194', W 81° 29.849'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 11.64" N, 81° 29' 50.94" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12751 Ft Caroline Rd, Jacksonville FL 32225, US
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