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Jean Ribaut Monument, FL
Date Issued: 1924-05-01
Postage Value: 5 cents

Commemorative issue
Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary
Jean Ribaut Monument, FL

A French navigator and colonizer, Jean Ribaut founded a Huguenot colony in North America in 1562. He also explored the northern Florida coast and established the settlement Charlesfort at the present Port Royal, SC. He returned to France in July 1562. Three years later he sailed with reinforcements for the Huguenot colony of Fort Caroline that had been established in 1564 on Florida's St. John's River. After arriving there he sailed south to attack Pedro Menendez de Aviles, sent by the Spanish to drive the French from Florida. The Menendez forces attacked by land and destroyed Fort Caroline. They then killed Ribaut and his men, who had been shipwrecked. The statue shown on the stamp stands at Mayport, Florida.

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