Thanksgiving Timeline, 1541 - 2001
  June 30, 1564

French Huguenot colonists celebrated in solemn praise and thanksgiving in a settlement near what is now Jacksonville, Florida. The colony was destroyed by a Spanish raiding party in 1565. This "first Thanksgiving," however, was later commemorated at the Fort Carolina Memorial on the St. Johns River.
  Old Gravestones, Crosses, and Stone Bench in Field with Trees
Old Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida.
 
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