Fort Caroline - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
Fort Caroline, Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA
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About Fort Caroline
An attempted French colonial settlement. It was established under the leadership of René Goulaine de Laudonnière on June 22, 1564, as a new territorial claim in French Florida and a safe haven for Huguenots. The French colony came into conflict with the Spanish, who established St. Augustine in September 1565, and Fort Caroline was sacked by Spanish troops under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 20. The Spanish continued to occupy the site as San Mateo until 1569.
Attractions Near Fort Caroline
Fort Caroline National Memorial serves as a monument to the brief presence of French colonists along the St. Johns River in 1564 - 1565. Visitors to the Fort can explore a recreated 16th century French fort, witness Native American shell mounds, pay tribute to those that died at this colonial battleground including Spanish soldiers who replaced the French at the fort, and even spot some variety of threatened species in their natural environment such as gopher tortoises or bald eagles.
The Ribault Monument is a tribute to French explorer Jean Ribault. Built in 1927 and designed by Jules Robert Roemers, it is a memorial to the 1562 French settlers that Ribault had brought to Florida 400 years ago. The Monument measures 24 feet tall and is composed of limestone blocks with a bronze tablet at its base inscribed with the explorer's name and the dates of his explorations. It was placed on the National Register Historic Places in 2012.
The Theodore Roosevelt Area is an area rich in history and culture. It was once the home of many native tribes such as the Timucua and Mocama that have since vanished. Visitors to the area can explore the forests and wetlands, guided by an interpretive habitat trail highlighting the unique habitats and their inhabitants. In addition to these natural features, visitors will also find historical markers commemorating important sites including Fort Caroline and Kingsley plantation.
A cable-stayed bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989. The main span is 1,300 feet (396.2 m), and is 175 feet (53.3 m) high.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a stunning 125-acre preserve bursting with Florida’s native flora and fauna. The arboretum offers visitors five trails which weave throughout seven distinct landscapes. From mossy forests to picturesque ponds, each trail showcases the essence of Northern Florida’s unique ecology. The preserve also includes a Native Plant Demonstration Garden, an 80-foot observation tower, butterfly garden, educational kiosks and programs, as well as public events
Huguenot Memorial Park offers visitors a wide range of activities for the whole family. Located next to the St. Johns River, this park is perfect for swimming, fishing and exploring nature trails with plenty of wildlife around. It has beaches, picnicking areas and playgrounds as well as kayak and canoe launches where people can enjoy the views of the river. The park also features an Information Center that houses a variety of gatherings such as outdoor educational programs and exhibits.
Where is Fort Caroline
Discover More Attractions in Duval County, Where Fort Caroline Is Located
The county has an area of 918 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 762 square miles (1,970 km2) is land and 156 square miles (400 km2) (17.0%) is water. The topography is coastal plain; however, there are some rolling hills.