What Native Americans did Jean Ribault encounter?
Captain Jean Ribault landed near the mouth of what is now the St. John’s River and met a Timucua King named Saturiwa.
Why specifically did the Spanish executed French Huguenots during the Fort Caroline massacre?
Apparently believing that his men would be well treated, Ribault capitulated. Menéndez then executed Ribault and several hundred Huguenots (Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain to the Spanish forces, identifies them as “all Lutherans,” and dates their execution 29 September 1565, St. Michael’s Day.)
What French fort did the Spanish take over?
Spanish forces under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés capture the French Huguenot settlement of Fort Caroline, near present-day Jacksonville, Florida. The French, commanded by Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere, lost 135 men in the first instance of colonial warfare between European powers in America.
Why did the French try to colonize Florida?
In early 1562, the Admiral of France, Gaspard de Coligny, convinced France’s Queen Mother Catherine de Medici to finance a colonization expedition to “La Floride.” Catherine was eager to assert France’s territorial claim to North America, and to seize the opportunity for increased commerce and an influx of valuable …