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Jean Ribault
Admiral Jean Ribault, French Huguenot & Explorer.jpg
Born 1520 (1520)
Died October 12, 1565(1565-10-12) (aged 44–45)
Nationality French
Occupation Explorer
Athore, son of the Timucuan king Saturiwa, showing Laudonnière the monument placed by Ribault.

Jean Ribault (also spelled Ribaut) (1520 – October 12, 1565) was a French naval officer, navigator, and a colonizer of what would become the southeastern United States. He was a major figure in the French attempts to colonize Florida. A Huguenot and officer under Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, Ribault led an expedition to the New World in 1562 that founded the outpost of Charlesfort on Parris Island in present-day South Carolina. Two years later, he took over command of the French colony of Fort Caroline in what is now Jacksonville, Florida. He and many of his followers were massacred by Spanish soldiers near St. Augustine.

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