Jean Ribault (ca. 1520-1565) was hand picked by Admiral Coligny to explore Florida. He chose the location for the settlement of Fort de la Caroline in 1562. He brought reinforcements in 1565 and died in its defense.
Rene de Laudonniere
Learn more about the French commander who organized the building of Fort de la Caroline.
Pedro de Menendez
Learn more about the Spanish commander sent to remove the French from Florida.