• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


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Jean Ribault


Jean Ribault

Smith College

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.

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Historic drawing showing Timucua women

Timucua women wore skirts made from cured Spanish moss, which is not a moss at all but a member of the bromeliad family. More...