Captain Jean Ribault’s Arrival in Florida


Kathleen A. DuVal
Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Humanities Center Fellow

About the Seminar

On May 1, 1562, Jean Ribault sailed into what we now call the St. Johns River, and named it The River of May. He met with the indigenous Timucua Indians on the north side of the river and claimed the beautiful land for France by placing a stone onto the ground in her honor.

In recognition of the sesquiquadricentennial (450th anniversary) of the French landing, this seminar provides an opportunity for teachers to learn more about the significance of this event, to increase their content knowledge and understanding of history; to provide them with innovative teaching techniques and resources to create, practice, and disseminate historically rich and engaging lessons; and to improve student achievement in, interest in, and understanding of history.

Recertification Credit: The National Humanities Center programs are eligible for recertification credit. This seminar includes sixty minutes of instruction plus approximately one hour of preparation. Because the seminars are conducted online, they may qualify for technology credit in districts that award it. The Center will supply documentation of participation.

Seminar Recording

Streaming Recording

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This seminar is intended for teachers. Enter the forum for seminar registration and further information.

Assigned Readings

To prepare for the seminar, please read the following texts. The seminar is interactive and you will be able to share your questions and comments in real-time.

  1. Three Voyages, (excerpts) by Rene Laudonniere.
  2. Two Views of the Attack on Fort Caroline, by Rene Laudonniere.
  3. Ten galleries of engravings based on drawings Le Moyne made on his trip to Florida, Jacques Le Moyne Galleries.


PDF available post-seminar.

Online Evaluation