Santa Elena Timeline project

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  • (1521-1526) Spanish explorers Fransico Gordillo and Pedro de Quejo Survey missions along the atlantic coasts 
  • (1521-1526) They impart tall tales of the New Worlds riches and wonders that resonate in europe
  • Stories spread that South Carolina was a place of prosperity and stratigic value. Spaniards believe that possible riches lie inland from what we now know as port royal sound 
  • Philip II became king of Spain establishes a Santa Elena-centric strategy for the Spanish empire in the New World that drove Spanish activities for 27 years 
  • French build Charles Fort at Santa Elena, French explorer Jean Ribault discovers what the Spanish called "the River of Santa Elena" and renamed the harbor "Port Royal" 
  • The French placed a stone monument and 26 men a fort called Charlesfort
  • Charles Fort
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