History & Culture

The history and culture of the Preserve stretches over 6,000 years. Hear the life stories of the native people who survived in Florida's environment prior to European contact. Learn of the clash of cultures that occurred as nations converged in the New World, from Europeans attempts at colonization to the struggles of enslaved African peoples. Experience more modern trends such as the growing tourism industry and present community efforts to sustain modern life while preserving our local environment and its history.

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Timucua Indians

16th-century European Settlement

Plantation Era

Civil War

Recreational Development

Becoming a National Park Service Site

Florida History Online

Banner image of Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation, including a photograph of a 16th century reenactor cooking.

Last updated: August 7, 2019

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Mailing Address:

12713 Fort Caroline Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225



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