Fort Caroline Home in Georgia
Oops! Did I let the cat out of the bag? Well, too late. We have identified infrared footprints near the south channel of the Altamaha River that match the shape and dimensions of the two long lost 16th century forts of Fort Caroline and Fort San Mateo. Despite what the “history books” say, it appears that Fort San Mateo was NOT reconstructed out of the ruins of Fort Caroline, but very close by. The footprint of probable Fort San Mateo is the same geometric form and dimensions of Fort Filipe II in Santa Elena, which was built at about the same time.
Why are we so certain?
Les mots du capitaine René de Laudonnière et monsieur William Bartram nous ont donné l’emplacement approximatif de Fort Caroline. Le plus ancien fort européenne en Amérique du Nord a été identifié sur les images satellites, le 21 Décembre 2013.
The words of Captain René de Laudonnière and William Bartram gave us the approximate location of Fort Caroline. The oldest surviving European fort in North America was identified on satellite images on December 21, 2013.
When comparing the original French text and English translation from the 16th century with the “modern translation” published by Floridian Charles Bennett in 2000, I found something VERY interesting. Bennett left out words and sentences that would have made a location of Fort Caroline on the St. Johns River impossible or would have made the only possible site for Fort Caroline be on the Altamaha River. He also left out the map that accompanies the publications of René de Laudonnière’s memoir in French and Richard Hakluyt’s translation in English. This map was prepared by Pierre du Vall, Royal Geographer to the King of France. Du Vall’s map places Fort Caroline at the location that we found the footprint. Our footprint and the latitude coordinates furnished by Du Vall are identical.
Later, during the month of January 2014, People of One Fire members will be receiving a detailed report on the efforts by French Huguenots in the 16th century to establish a colony in the South Atlantic region of North America. Life is, indeed, a box of chocolates.
May your coming year be blessed.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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