Just outside of downtown Jacksonville, this preserve protects 46,000 acres of wetlands, hardwood forests, and coastal dunes along with historic sites and relics from 6,000 years of human habitation. The site is named for and helps preserve the history of the 35 Native American chiefdoms that lived in the region and spoke the Timucua language. The site also contains the remains of a plantation with slave cabins, helping researchers better understand the culture and daily lives of the enslaved people who toiled there. The park also includes a historic beach founded during the Jim Crow era by Florida’s first African-American millionaire, a 1920s-era golf course, and a memorial to France's failed New World colony.
TIMU is one of the largest contiguous salt marsh ecosystems in the United States - over 46,000 acres. With more than 10,000 years of history, it sustained the Mocama Timucua native peoples and their rich history and culture is still being discovered today. Ft. Caroline represents the first European colony…
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