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Fort Caroline

(Encyclopedia) Fort Caroline, settlement near the mouth of the St. Johns River, NE Fla.; est. 1564 by French Huguenots under René de Laudonnière. A Spanish force led by Pedro Menéndez…

Menéndez de Avilés, Pedro

(Encyclopedia) Menéndez de Avilés, Pedro pā´ᵺrō mānān´dĕth dā ävēlās´ [key], 1519–74, Spanish naval officer and colonizer, founder of Saint Augustine , Fla. He went to sea as a…

Saint Augustine

(Encyclopedia) Saint Augustine sānt ô´gəstēn [key], city (1990 pop. 11,692), seat of St. Johns co., NE Fla.; inc. 1824. Located on a peninsula between the Matanzas and San Sebastian…

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1513 After Juan Ponce de León, a Spanish explorer, helped conquer what is now the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, he secured a commission to conquer and colonize the island of "Bimini", an…

Immigration Milestones

A Nation of Immigrants The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The first wave of immigrants to colonial America, from England, France, Germany, and other northern European countries, were fleeing…