The Fort Caroline National Memorial, a facility of the National park Service near Jacksonville, includes the reconstructed sixteenth century fort and an interpretive museum, the latter containing priceless American and European artifacts. Fort Caroline, established by the French in 1564 under the leadership of Rene Laudonniere, was then the only European settlement in the territory which is now the United States. It was conquered in 1565 by Spanish forces under Pedro Menendez d’Aviles, who founded Saint Augustine, the country’s oldest city.
Bennett, Charles E.
"A Footnote on Rene Laudionniere,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 45
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol45/iss3/7