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At the time of contact with Europeans, all Mocama villages in present-day Jacksonville were part of the powerful chiefdom known as the Saturiwa, centered around the mouth of the St. French Huguenot explorer Jean Ribault charted the St.Johns River in 1562 calling it the River of May because he discovered it in May.In 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain, the town of Jacksonville was platted along the St. Established at a narrow point in the river known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British, the enduring name derives from the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.Jacksonville is the cultural, commercial and financial center of North Florida.In 1564, the French established the short-lived colony of Fort Caroline at the mouth of the St.Johns River, becoming one of the earliest European settlements in the continental United States.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.
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.Jacksonville is also home to several colleges and universities, most notably the University of North Florida, located southeast of downtown.The area of the modern city of Jacksonville has been inhabited for thousands of years.They soon named the town Jacksonville, after Andrew Jackson. Hart, residents wrote a charter for a town government, which was approved by the Florida Legislative Council on February 9, 1832.During the American Civil War, Jacksonville was a key supply point for hogs and cattle being shipped from Florida to aid the Confederate cause.