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


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Rene de Laudonniere

Rene de Laudonniere

Rene de Laudonniere

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Rene de Laudonniere (c. 1529-1582) commanded Fort de la Caroline, organizing the building of the fort and settlement in 1564. He survived the Spanish massacre of the French in 1565 and later wrote his L'Histoire notable de la Florida.

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Historic drawing of a Timucua man with his hair in a top know

Timucua warriors wore their hair in a top knot, which made them appear taller. Historic drawings of Timucua and French contact show the Timucua to be of greater stature than the French. More...