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Fort Caroline National Memorial

Early French Colony Lives On
  • Neighborhood: South of Jacksonville/Jacksonville Beach
  • Category: Educational Outings
  • Hours: Mo to Su from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Accessible for persons with disabilities: yes

Description

In 1564 French explorers founded the first Protestant colony in the United States along what is today the St. Johns River. Fort Caroline National Memorial is a reconstructed fort commemorating its probable location. The Spanish seized the original colony and massacred its residents in 1565, so not much is known about these early pioneers. The site stretches across 130 acres overlooking the river and features a museum with French and Indian artifacts from the 16th century. Fort Caroline was established as a national memorial in 1950 and is 14 miles from Downtown Jacksonville.

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