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French Heritage Trail

The history of the French presence in Florida combines all possible elements of human character – the search for adventures, secret desires, and stories of rise and fall. Great naval captains led their galleons to uncharted territory. Revolutionaries helped build the independence of a young North American republic. A former prince and general of Napoleon's once mighty Empire, farmers, diplomats, priests – they all contributed to present-day Florida – the "Sunshine State."

Beginning with the landing of Jean Ribault on May 1, 1562, at the mouth of the present day St. Johns River, the impact of the French presence in Florida has been ongoing for over 450 years.  This heritage trail guide, produced in partnership from the Florida Department of State with the France - Florida  Federation for the Arts and the Consulate General of France in Miami, describes the many ways that French culture hasFrench_Trail and will continue to contribute to Florida.

Print copies of this publication are available by contacting [email protected]


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