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Its riverine location facilitates Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the U. Marine Corps Blount Island Command, and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport.Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.Ribault erected a stone column at his landing site near the river's mouth, claiming the newly discovered land for France.In 1564, René Goulaine de Laudonnière established the first European settlement, Fort Caroline, on the St. Philip II of Spain ordered Pedro Menéndez de Avilés to protect the interest of Spain by attacking the French presence at Fort Caroline.Niche grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Market has finally announced an official opening date for their new Winter Park location.
The 30,000-square-foot store will be looking to hire 140 employees seeking both full- and part-time work.The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States.Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British.On September 20, 1565, a Spanish force from the nearby Spanish settlement of St.Augustine attacked Fort Caroline, and killed nearly all the French soldiers defending it.
The location of Fort Caroline is subject to debate but a reconstruction of the fort was established on the St. Spain ceded Florida to the British in 1763 after the French and Indian War, and the British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. The British introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, indigo and fruits, as well the export of lumber.