Timucuan Friends

Timucuan Friends (HMVCO)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32225 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 23.18', W 81° 29.916'

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Fort Caroline National Monument

— Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve —

"[The Timucuans] brought us grains of roasted maize,... smoked lizards or other wild animals... and various kinds of roots, some for foods, others for medicine. And when they discovered that we were more interested in metals and minerals, they gave us some of these as well."
Jacques le Moyne, 1564 la Caroline colonist and artist

Timucuan Chief Saturiba's men crafted a shelter, similar to the one seen here, so Saturiba could sit and watch the colonists build their settlement. When the French requested help, Saturiba sent eighty of his strongest men. The natives helped dig the fort's moat; they gathered palmetto leaves, weaving a thatch to cover the colonists' houses.

The Timucuans gave of their bounty - gold and silver jewelry, pearls, animal hides, and medicinal plants. In return, Chief Saturiba sought a war alliance to help his people. When the alliance never materialized, Timucuan assistance dwindled.

"If the natives had not supplied us daily from their own stores, some of us certainly would have perished from starvation, especially those who did not know how to use a gun in the hunt."
Jacques le Moyne
Placed ByNational Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 452098 N 3361700
Decimal Degrees30.38633333, -81.49860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.18', W 81° 29.916'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 10.80" N, 81° 29' 54.96" 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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