An exhibition to learn more about Fort Caroline in Jacksonville [fr]


To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline, the Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History invites you to discover more than four centuries of French history in Florida.

Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History has unveiled a compelling new exhibit celebrating the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline. On the MOSH’s third floor, "The French in Florida" gallery features 42 digital reproductions of historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodore de Bry engravings of 16th century Florida which chronicle the French attempt to establish a settlement in Florida and their experiences with the Timucua Indians.

Taking part of the Museum’s larger exhibit Uncovering the Past: New Archaeological Discoveries of Northeast Florida, the gallery retraces four centuries of mutual history, and reminds us the strong old links existing between these two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The exhibit will be on display from April 4 to July 6, 2014.

Many other events will be held to celebrate this anniversary.

June 23 thru July 1, weekdays only : « Portraits from La Caroline: Modern Interpretations of Firsthand French Accounts »


The native Floridians, as viewed and described in firsthand French accounts, are featured in 20th and 21st century artwork on exhibit in City Hall. Among the works is a collection of mid-century drawings by Roger Early, Sr., who was a science illustrator, lecturer, the director of the Florida Studies Lab at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City, Florida and a popular on-air TV personality with WFLA-TV in Tampa during the 1950’s and 1960’s with his show, “Science Speaks.”

To get more information, please visit the site de la Jacksonville Historical Society.

June 28, from 10.00am to 4.00pm : French Living History Day at Fort Caroline National Memorial

Come out to Fort Caroline and experience living history! There will be different interactive programs where you can learn about life for the newly arrived Europeans in Florida during the 16th century. Programs could include cooking demonstrations, hands-on weapons training and a chance to try on some replica historic clothing.

To know more, visit

June 30 at 6.00pm, at the City Hall of Jacksonville : “Where is Fort Caroline, Anyway?”- Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Fort Caroline’s Location

University of North Florida professors, Robert Thunen and Keith Ashley, Ph.D. anthropologists and experts in Southeastern U.S. and Florida archaeology, offer reviews and updates on their search for the 1564 fort’s location. They will also discuss recently presented theories promoting a Ft. Caroline Georgia site. The long-sought documented location of the colony is center stage as the city celebrates one of the most important dates in North Florida history.

To get more information, please visit the site de la Jacksonville Historical Society.

From June 30 to July 3 : Age of Discovery Summer Discovery Camp at MOSH

In this week of Summer Discovery Camp, 2nd and 3rd grade campers will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline and learn about European explorers who influenced Florida’s history. Campers will also participate in a special international “toast” via Skype to commemorate the first Thanksgiving among the French and Timucua on June 30, 1564.

To learn more or to register for camp, visit

Last modified on 25/06/2014

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