Saturday, August 9, 2014

17th century print of Fort Caroline

THIS JUST IN: The French established their first colony in what is now the United States at Fort Caroline in 1564. It was on the banks of the St. Johns River near what is now Jacksonville. This is a 1671 print showing Fort Caroline, depicting it as quite a busy place. Almost a year and a half after the French set up shop, the Spanish arrived and established St. Augustine. Almost immediately, the Spanish attacked Fort Caroline, routed the French, and destroyed Fort Caroline. Today nobody knows exactly where Fort Caroline was located but that didn't stop the National Park Service from establishing a memorial near where it might have been. This print is newly arrived and part of our extensive collection of prints and maps, particularly pertaining to Florida. If you love maps and prints, come see us.

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