We started out learning about the first inhabitants of Florida and focused on the Timucuans as they were in our area. A field trip to Fort Caroline allowed us to see what one of their huts looked like. We got a better look at a Timucuan village when we visited the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine.
We then moved on to learning about the Spanish and French explorers who came to explore the land. We learned about Ponce DeLeon who claimed Florida first and then Jean Ribault who led the French to establish a foothold here in the Jacksonville area. Pedro Melendez came along and got rid of the French at Matanzas. Let's just say the name means slaughter in Spanish. Then came the British for about 20 years and then Florida returned to Spain. We enjoyed visits to Fort Caroline, Fountain of Youth and Colonial Quarters in St. Augustine to see some of this history.
We are now up to the time when Florida became a state and was part of the Civil War. As part of learning that, we took a trip to Kingsley Plantation in north Jacksonville to learn a little of what slavery was like here in Florida. We found it to be very interesting and Gretchen enjoyed learning more about the family she read about in Treasure of Amelia Island I found the sea cotton to be very interesting. It produces some beautiful flowers. Hmm, wonder if I could grow any here?