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Massacre of the French Marker , Matanzas Inlet, Summer Haven, FL.

This marker is located 200 ft. south of the Matanzas Inlet Bridge, in St Johns County , Florida.

The marker reads as :

" 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."

Sponsors: in cooperation with St. Johns County Historical Commission

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29.70603611, -81.22832222

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Massacre of the French Marker; Matanzas Inlet; Massacre of the French; Jean Ribault; Don Pedro Menendez; Matanzas - slaughters; St Johns County (Fl.); Summer Haven (Fl.); Historical marker --- Florida --- Matanzas Inlet --- Summer Haven.; Images


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