US 1924 Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary 'Ribault Monument' 5c. Scott. 616

US 1924 Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary 'Ribault Monument' 5c. Scott. 616

Series: Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary Issue

Stamp details: Ribault Monument (1924), originally near Mayport, Florida

Issued date: 01-05-1924 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 5c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 615
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 619
Michel (Germany): 291
Yvert et Tellier (France): 254

Dimensions (height x width):
25.4mm x 31.8mm

Stamp Colors: Dark blue
Perforation: line 11

Themes: Monument, Architecture

Total print: 5,659,00 (estimate)

Description:- The Ribault Monument commemorates the 1562 landing of Jean Ribault near the mouth of the St. Johns River. Ribault erected a stone column bearing the coats of arms of his French King Charles IX to claim Florida for France.

During the early 1920s a movement began in the Florida Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the location of Ribaultís first arrival in the New World. The goal was to highlight the beginnings of European colonization of Florida by Protestants - for the sake of religious freedom - and to remind Americans that this colony was established half a century prior to the Plymouth Colony. In 1924 a piece of land was donated near present-day Mayport for a new column designed by Florida sculptor Charles Adrian Pillars. The U.S. Post Office also released a commemorative stamp of Ribaultís landing, and the U.S. Mint released a coin.

When U.S. Naval Station Mayport was established in 1941, the monument became inaccessible to the public and was moved. Three moves later, in 1958, the monument found its permanent home on St. Johns Bluff, and became part of the new National Park site, Fort Caroline National Memorial.