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February 18, 1562 French explorer Jean Ribault leaves France with a party of Hugonauts and heads to Port Royal to establish a colony.
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
  Jean Ribault
April 30, 1562 Frenchman Jean Ribault sights land, a point he calls the French Cape (probably near St. Augustine) and heads north along the coast of Florida
  Jean Ribault
May 1, 1562 Jean Ribault lands in the vicinity of a "great river," perhaps the St. John's.
  Jean Ribault
May 27, 1562 Having slowly explored the coast of Georgia, giving French names to many of the rivers and islands, Jean Ribault pulls into a harbor he names Port Royal
  Jean Ribault
June 11, 1562 After establishing a settlement near Beaufort, South Carolina, Jean Ribault heads back to France
  Jean Ribault
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