Two retired professors believe history could be wrong. Fort Caroline, they say, may have been in coastal Georgia on the Altamaha River. They've located spots, they say, that could prove Georgia, not Florida, was where France made a short-lived stand in North America.
For more than two years, Fletcher Crowe and Anita Spring have been tracking down ancient maps, poring over 500-year-old narratives and reviewing modern records in the search for the remains of Fort Caroline. French settlers, Huguenots, built the fort in 1564. Their massacre at the hands of Spanish soldiers, 15 months later, effectively ended French attempts to colonize a swath of the New World.
For more than a century, historians have assumed the fort was on the St. Johns River near Jacksonville. A federal park, with a recreation of the fort, marks a spot where they think the French made their ill-fated attempt at colonization.
"We've come to the conclusion," Crowe said, "that it is a bunch of baloney."