French Exploration of the Southeast in the Sixteenth Century
This interim report will give you a fascinating glimpse of Native American societies in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain during the late 16th century. They were far more ethnically diverse than most anthropologists have assumed. In the coming months, we plan to reinforce it with research papers based on the analysis of surviving Spanish letters and reports from that era.
Using French colonial archives, memoirs and maps, interpolated with satellite infrared imagery, we think we may have found the real location of Fort Caroline on the Altamaha River. It is more inland that probably most people suspected. Captain René de Laudonniére did say that he chose a location with sufficient potable, fresh water for a large town. By September 22, 1565 he WOULD have had about 1000 colonists at Fort Caroline, had not a hurricane and the Spanish intervened on September 21. The site appears to be on land owned by the State of Georgia, but this is not certain yet.
The following interim report is an analysis of the French archives, reinforced with the on-going Native American historical research by several People of One Fire members:
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