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 […]
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 […]
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” 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.
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 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 […]
(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 […]
On the Country and Ancient Indian Tribes Of FLORIDA 1575 TRANSLATED FROM TERNAUX COMPAN’S FRENCH TRANSLATION FROM THE ORIGINAL MEMOIR IN SPANISH CHAPTER I. MONSEIGNEUR: I HAVE the honor to inform you that Florida and the Lucayan Islands are situate on one side of the Bahama (old) Channel, which passes between Havanna (Cuba) and Florida. But nearer the […]
Conquistador Was Deep in U.S.: “Stunning” Jewelry Find Redraws Route? Ker Than, for National Geographic News, Published November 1, 2011 Under a former Native American village in Georgia, deep inside what’s now the U.S., archaeologists say they’ve found 16th-century jewelry and other Spanish artifacts. The discovery suggests an expedition led by conquistador Hernando de Soto ventured far […]
Le Moyne was an artist who created depictions of La Florida’s Native Americans at the first European colony in the New World: Fort Caroline. This colony predates St. Augustine in Florida, Jamestown in Virginia and Plymouth in Massachusetts.
On their second voyage to the New World the French arrived off the coast of Florida on Thursday, June 22, 1564 around three or four o’clock in the afternoon. They landed about thirty leagues south of the St. Johns River. In his own words, Captain Laudonniere states: “Having reconnoitered the river, I landed to talk […]
AN ARTIST WHO ACCOMPANIED THE FRENCH EXPEDITION TO FLORIDA UNDER LAUDONNIERE, 1564. Introduction The Spaniards, having made several disastrous expeditions into Florida, had left it for a time unmolested. The French Protestants, attempting to colonize under Ribaud, built Charlefort at Port Royal in 1562, and Fort Caroline under Laudonniere, at the River May (now St. John’s, Florida), in 1564. […]