Hidden Hills Stands On the Edge of History
Hidden Hills stands near an important historical site in Florida. In 1562 Frenchman Jean Ribault landed here near the mouth of the adjacent St. Johns River where he built a stone monument. The stone column, next door to Hidden Hills, provides a panoramic view of the river; on a sunny afternoon you can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Mayport Naval Station, five miles to the east.
Then in 1564, a settlement of 200 French soldiers and artisans built Fort Caroline. The settlement lasted only a year.
Spain sent their own soldiers to Florida where they established a base at St. Augustine. The Spanish later wiped out the French soldiers and settlement. But today Fort Caroline National Memorial marks the spot where the French fort once stood.
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