Massacre of the French

Massacre of the French (HMV1T)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32080 St Johns County
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N 29° 42.657', W 81° 13.787'

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Matanzas Inlet

In 1565 some 300 French castaways, under Jean Ribault, were massacred here by Spaniards, crushing their attempt to occupy Florida. The French ships, sailing from Fort Caroline to attack St. Augustine, were driven ashore by a storm. At this inlet most of the survivors were put to the knife by Don Pedro Menendez. Hence it was named Matanzas, meaning slaughters.
HM NumberHMV1T
Marker NumberF-85
Year Placed1962
Placed BySt. Johns County Historical Commission in cooperation with Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 477773 N 3286779
Decimal Degrees29.71095000, -81.22978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.657', W 81° 13.787'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 39.42" N, 81° 13' 47.22" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8650 A1A S, St Augustine FL 32080, US
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