Sunday, January 4, 2009

Matanzas River

So here is some of the history of the "river" I live on...

The Matanzas River was named by Spanish forces for a massacre, led by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés of Spain, of a group of several hundred shipwrecked French Huguenots from Fort Caroline, lead by Jean Ribault. The Huguenots were executed somewhere near the present site of Matanzas Inlet in 1565. Menéndez had been ordered to kill all Protestants he found in the New World. "Matanzas" means "killings" or "slaughters" in Spanish. Matanzas is thus the tenth oldest surviving European place-name in the U.S. [1]

So much history surrounding this area. I want to learn it all.

1 comment:

An Alternate Ending said...

Just a quick read...but love it.