• 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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Cannon drawing

Jacksonville, Florida was invaded by the Union Army four separate times during the Civil War and two battles of significance were fought within the boundary of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. More...