Oldest European fort in the inland US discovered in Appalachians

ANN ARBOR—The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the United States have been discovered by a team of archaeologists, providing new insight into the start of the U.S. colonial era and the all-too-human reasons spoiling Spanish dreams of gold and glory. Spanish Captain Juan Pardo and his men […]

Charlesbourg-Royal in Quebec

The first European colony in Canada (after the Vikings in 1000 AD) was the French colony of Charlesbourg-Royal in modern-day Quebec, Canada. Built in 1544 it would be preceded by only one other European colony on the East Coast of North America: San Miguel de Gualdape built in 1526 in Georgia. Thus Charlesbourg-Royal is the second […]

Pocahontas’ Indian Empire Site Discovered

When the English showed up in Virginia and constructed Jamestown they did not enter virgin territory where the natives were just sitting around waiting for their arrival. The Native American tribes were involved in their own political schemes and machinations with each other and the arrival of a small group of strangers in big boats […]

Fort Saint George

School textbooks usually state that the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts was the first English colony in the New World. In actuality, Jamestown in Virginia was the first permanent colony. The Plymouth colony wasn’t even the first English colony in New England, Fort Saint George in Maine (also known as the Popham Colony) takes that honor. […]

Vikings and Native Americans

Although once thought preposterous, it has now been proven that the Vikings reached North America 500 years before Columbus. It also appears that they not only traded with the local Native American inhabitants but shipped some of these goods back to Europe. Learn more below: The Viking seafarers who explored the North American coast a […]

Viva Florida 500 Celebrates Spanish Discovery

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on Florida’s east coast. What makes this anniversary so unique is that Ponce de León’s convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida—La Florida. There will be […]

Dutch Outposts in the New World

Animation companies D&D Creations and MiniVegas were hired to create 3-D computer recreations of Dutch outposts throughout the world during the Age of Exploration. One such recreation was of a colony located in the New World at Recife, Brazil. Read more about this project below: Saturday was a special day for The Netherlands; after 10 […]

Review: Painter in a Savage Land

In 1564 the French attempted the first permanent settlement in what would later become the United States of America. They brought along with them a painter named Jacques le Moyne de Morgues. He was the first European artist to step foot in America and created the first artwork depicting Native Americans and their lifeways that […]

The Testimony of Francisco de Chicora

“The Testimony of Francisco de Chicora” published in Petyr Martyr’s De Orbe Novo in 1530 contains some of the first eyewitness accounts of Native Americans in the Southeastern United States and thus is an invaluable document.

Florida Celebrates 450 Years of French History

On May 1, 2012 the City of Jacksonville, Florida celebrated the 450th anniversary of the French captain Jean Ribault landing along the St. John’s River on May 1, 1562. Watch the video below for more information about the ceremonies that took place in Jacksonville to commemorate this important historical event:  

Narrative of Guido De Las Bazares

Narrative of  The voyage made by GUIDO DE LAS BAZARES, to discover ports and bays on the coast of Florida, for the safety of the troops to be sent there, in the name of his Majesty, PHILIP II., King of Spain, under the orders of Don LUIS DE VELASCO, Viceroy of Mexico, 1558. IT was […]

Memoir of Fontaneda (Version 2)

(Translation by Buckingham Smith, 1854) “Very Powerful Lord: Memoir of the things, the shore, and the Indians of Florida, to describe which, none of the many persons who have coasted that country know how to describe it. The Islands of Yucayo and of Ahite fall on one side of the Channel of the Bahama. There […]
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