History of Parris Island, South Carolina – Including Charlesfort and Santa Elena
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Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark
Photographs of the Charlesfort-Santa Elena Site
The front of the monument reads "Here stood Charlesfort, built 1562 by Jean Ribaut for Admiral Coligny, a refuge for Huguenots and to the glory of France." The monument was erected in 1925, after an archaeologist believed he had found the remains of Charlesfort. However, the remains he found were actually Spanish. In 1995, USC archaeologists discovered Charlesfort's true location nearby – under the remains of the Spanish Fort San Felipe!
This marker stands at the entrance of the site, and commemorates the town of Santa Elena – the first capital and the northernmost bastion of Spanish Florida. In both Spanish and English it reads:
"In respectful tribute to the memory of those Spaniards who left their mark here between 1566 and 1587 while in quest of their country's glory and in grateful recognision to the distinguished Americans who today, with their work pay hommage to the memory of those heroes and the history shared by the two nations, Spain and the United States of America."
This plane wreckage lies along the walking trail at Parris Island. A nearby sign tells its story:
"These are the remains of a Brewster Buccaneer. Not a good combat bomber, most were assigned to training. This plane, attached to Page Field, about a half-mile north, crashed in 1943. Parts worth salvaging were removed, and the remainder, now upside down, was towed here where it would not obstruct the airfield. Both crewmen survived."
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