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July 6, 1565 In a letter known as "Declaracion de lo que vino del la Florida," Pedro Menendez de Aviles indicates that he is not sure whether the fort at St. John's is English, French or both.
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
August 3, 1565 Laudonniere witnessed the arrival of Sir John Hawkins, an English privateer. Having successfully completed a mission of selling slaves to the Spanish, Hawkins agrees to sell Laudonniere a ship.
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
August 27, 1565 Spanish ambassador to England Guzman de Silva reports that English privateer John Hawkins built a fort on the St. John's River before Rene de Laudonniere (this is probably not true)
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
August 28, 1565 Spanish (Pedro Menendez de Aviles) establish the city of St. Augustine.
September 10, 1565 Jean Ribault, having followed the Spanish fleet north, put into Ft. Caroline. Informed of the Spanish movement from Havana, Ribault, Laudonniere and others leave to attack the Spanish settlement by sea.
  Jean Ribault
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
September 15, 1565 Spanish begin a forced march to eliminate Ft. Caroline.
September 20, 1565 Spanish soldiers attack Ft. Caroline, easily scaling the ramparts. They massacre the remaining French settlers. Spain now controls the entire Southeastern seaboard
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
October 12, 1565 Jean Ribault dies, killed by Spanish soldiers under orders from Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Intending to attack Menendez in St. Augustine, Ribault and Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere (Rene Laudonniere) have their fleet destroyed by a hurricane. Laudonniere escapes, but Ribault is wash ashore, discovered by Spanish troops and eventually stabbed to death.
  Jean Ribault
  Rene Goulaine De Laudonniere
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