Celebrating 450 years of French history in Florida

  • Enjoy the commemorations of the 450th anniversary in Jacksonville

    [(Many French and American personalities including the Mayor of Jacksonville, Alvin Brown, and the Consul General of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve launched commemorations celebrating 450 years of French (...)

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  • Celebrating 450 years of French history in Florida

    Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Consul general of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve commemorate 450 years of French History. “These wonderful events that start on the 27th in Fernandina, Mayport and Jacksonville will be the kick-off of three exciting years of commemoration, that will span all around Florida and comprise publications, exhibitions and symposiums" says Gael de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami.

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  • Sesquiquadricentennial 1562-2012: Schedule of events and celebrations

    In Fernandina Beach from the 27th of April 2012 through the end of May to the Historic Mayport Village in Jacksonville from April 28th until May 6th, numerous celebrations and observances are scheduled to commemorate Jean Ribault’s landing in Florida.
    On May 1st, 450 years after his arrival, among other manifestations will take place a "Ring for Ribault", a "Rededication of Fort Caroline’s Ribault monument" and a ceremony awarding WWII American Veterans by the French Navy Ships.

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  • Congressional recognition of the Sesquiquadricentennial

    On March 28, 2012 the U.S. House of Representatives recognized the 450th anniversary of the French expedition commanded by Jean Ribault landing.

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  • French Day Proclamation

    To commemorate Jean Ribault’s landing in Florida, the Governor of the State of Florida has declared May 1st, French Day. In the Proclamation, Rick Scott extends his greetings and his best wishes to all observing May 1, 2012.

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  • An anniversary that consolidates Franco-American relations: a letter of the French Republic

    At the commemoration for reviving the memory of Jean Ribault, a letter from the head of the French state was addressed to the mayor of Jacksonville. Nicolas Sarkozy "is pleased that the anniversary of this shared history allows for the alliance of the Franco-American friendship.

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  • Belle Poule and Etoile in Jacksonville

    French Navy Ships Belle Poule and Etoile sail to Fernandina Beach mooring on April 27, 2012, a trip which commemorates Jean Ribault’s one done in 1562. Their program.

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  • WWII Veterans recognized on April 30th 2012 by France in Jacksonville

    As part of the 450th anniversary of the French landing in Florida, two WWII American veterans who fought alongside the French will be awarded the legion of honor, France’s highest recognition, on April 30, 2012. The ceremony will take place on the Quayside where two French Navy ships moored on the occasion.

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  • America’s French roots: from 1500 to 1773

    Gerard Charpentier, sociologist and historian of French culture in America , will hold an event at the French Alliance of Jacksonville, FL, for the 450th anniversary of French presence in Florida. The event, “ America ’s French roots from 1500 to 1773: Culture and Identity,” provides us with the facts and dates one must retain regarding this “broad” topic. Interview.

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  • Amelia Island places Jean Ribault and René Goulaine Laudonniere at the center of its history

    The celebrations of the 450th anniversary of French presence in Florida continues in northeastern Florida.
    After the many commemorations that took place in early May in Jacksonville, two new events are scheduled in Amelia Island on the 18th and 19th of May 2012, the first at the museum of history of Amelia Island and the second, the Anchor Pocket park will now be named the "Jean Ribault Park."

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