Along the southern bank of the St. Johns River in northeastern Florida stand a wooded bluff and adjoining shorelands which may well be considered the birthplace of American ideals and freedom; or, at very least, the cradle of American ideals in the distant years of 1564 and 1565, and the beginning of the first permanent settlement of our country. The United States government is now, in 1956, establishing at the site what will be called Fort Caroline National Memorial. It is expected that it will be open to visitors by the early summer of 1957. Although the history of St. Johns Bluff, as the area is generally designated, stretches across the centuries from 1562 with almost uninterrupted activities of significance to modern America, its history is little known today outside of Florida and specialists in this particular period of history. The establishment of the memorial will undoubtedly open wide the doors of this historic period to the minds of many Americans who previously have given it less thought than it deserved.
Bennett, Charles E.
"Fort Caroline, Cradle of American Freedom,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 35:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol35/iss1/4