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Bare but Cool

Posted by on November 29, 2012

                                                                             This is a reproduction of an indian hut at Fort Caroline.


You might be wondering what this post is about. Well, you are going to learn about the history of Fort Caroline and about our class’s field trip there. This post is called Bare but Cool because the fort was literally bare inside, but it was also pretty cool. Before I tell you anything about our field trip, you should know about the history of Fort Caroline so that what I am saying makes sense.

History of Fort Caroline

Fort Caroline was established by René Goulaine de Laudonnière on June 22, 1564. I will tell you more about him later. A French expedition organized by Protestant leader, Admiral Gaspard de Coligny and led by Jean Ribault, landed on the May River (which is now the St. Johns River) on February 1562. Meanwhile, Laudonniere led a contigent back to Florida of 200 settlers along with artisans, back to Florida where they founded Fort Caroline. An artisan is a skilled worker. Unfortunately for Laudonniere, the Spanish found out about Fort Caroline and they wanted it for themselves. Ribault tried to attack the Spanish with the element of surprise, but they were too much for him and his men. The Spanish attacked Fort Caroline and won. Some people fled including Laudonniere. Others were not so lucky like Jean Ribault. He was taken to a place for execution which is now called Fort Matanzas. Matanzas means slaughter.

Field Trip

The Field trip was great. There were two things that we did. One was Playing in the Fort. The other was walking up a trail. I liked going in the Fort because it looked realistic and it was fun and educational at the same time. One thing I did not like was that the Fort was bare and nothing was real. Almost everything was just a reproduction. I was looking forward to seeing the real thing. On this field trip, I learned that the Real Fort was three times bigger than the reproduction. The most educational part, in my opinion, was going in the museum and learning about the Timucuan indians. I would not suggest the other 4th and 5th graders going on this trip because we did not really learn that and everything was just a reproduction except for the museum. The field trip had its ups and downs so I would say the field trip was ok.

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