Fort Caroline

Fort Caroline National Memorial was created to memorialize the Sixteenth Century¬†French effort to establish a permanent colony in Florida. After initial exploration in 1562, the French established “la Caroline” in June 1564. One of the members of this¬†expedition was an artist named Jacques LeMoyne. He drew the first known pictures of Southeastern Indians and their lifeways. The original pictures were burned when Spanish forces arrived 15 months later and captured la Caroline in September, 1565. LeMoyne redrew them from memory upon returning to France and after his death another artist, Theodore DeBry, engraved these pictures and published them.

Nothing remains of the original Fort de la Caroline; a near full-scale recreation of the fort, together with exhibits in the visitor center, provide information on the history of the French colony, their interaction with the native Timucua, and the colonists’ brief struggle for survival. Featured in the museum is a large owl totem pole dredged from the St. John’s River. It is the largest wooden effigy ever recovered from an archaeological site in North or South America.


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Fort Caroline National Memorial

Gary C. Daniels

Gary C. Daniels is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television, video and multimedia writer and producer. He has a M.A. degree in Communications from Georgia State University in Atlanta, a B.F.A. degree in TV Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an A.A. degree in Art from the College of Coastal Georgia. He has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and History Channel. His History Channel appearance became the highest-rated episode in the network's history. He has a passion for Native American history and art. He is the founder and publisher of

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