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Spanish moss on the trees

The National Park Service administers the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, located east of downtown Jacksonville between the lower Saint Johns and the Nassau Rivers. Created in 1988, the reserve protects river estuaries and historic sites, including evidence of the Timucua people who once inhabited northeast Florida.


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Fort Caroline


recreation of Fort Caroline

In the reserve is Fort Caroline National Memorial, the probable location of an attempt by the French to colonize Florida in 1564. The memorial contains a reduced-scale re-creation of the original fort.



recreation of French cannon

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French Seal on the monument

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Kingsley Plantation


diagram of the plantation

Also in the reserve is Kingsley Plantation, the oldest remaining plantation house in Florida. Along with the planter's home are 23 of the original slave quarters.


on the St. Johns river


plantation house

another view of the plantation house


kitchen and work building


walls of a slave quarter


mortar made with sea shells


foundations and walls of the slave quarters


one of the reconstructed slave quarters

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