New France

New France (HMVCS)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32225 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 23.293', W 81° 29.367'

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Fort Caroline National Monument

— Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve —

"After... two months... Ribault made port in New France... [where] he discovered a very large and beautiful river ... Ribault erected a column of hard stone on the banks of this river ... The coat of arms of France was carved upon it."
Ren? de Laundonni?re, 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, Ren? de Laundonni?re, standing with a Timucuan chief, Athore. Le Moyne's caption described the Timucuans as "worshiping the stone as an idol."
Placed ByNational Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 452978 N 3361905
Decimal Degrees30.38821667, -81.48945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.293', W 81° 29.367'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 17.58" N, 81° 29' 22.02" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13199 W Ft Caroline Park Rd, Jacksonville FL 32225, US
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