450th Anniversary of the hurricane that cost France control of Florida

On September 22, 1565, a hurricane struck a French fleet sent to support Fort Caroline in Florida.  The survivors were hunted down by the Spanish and slaughtered, ensuring Spanish control of La Florida. Although Spain had laid claim to Florida following the explorations of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, in this contentious period of … Continue reading 450th Anniversary of the hurricane that cost France control of Florida