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National Park Week-Fort Week Day 2

The next fort that we will be looking at along the southeastern coast is Fort Caroline in Jacksonville, FL. It is near Castillo de San Marcos and St. Augustine, making it a great addition to a visit to the area. Fort Caroline is part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, which is in the National Park System.

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Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a wetland along the coast of Florida near Jacksonville, FL that is comprised of varying ecosystems and history. There is a visitor center that provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about wetlands, plantations, Spanish and French colonies, and Timucua Indians. Visitors to Timucuan can visit Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation, kayak, canoe, go to the beach, hike, and look at plants, animals, and birds. There are tours of Kingsley Plantation, but when we visited, the plantation tours were full, so we were unable to visit the plantation. Kingsley Plantation provides a tour where visitors can explore a plantation and its grounds. Fort Caroline is the remnants of a French colonial site. It was the location of an attempt by the French to stake their claim on territory in the Americas, but the effort failed soon after it began. The fort still has its outstanding structure that you can walk about. We were at the national park site for a couple hours exploring the visitor center, fort, and nature trails.

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