Jean Ribaut, 1520 – 1565 (a.k.a. Jean Ribault)

A Bibliography prepared by Grace Morris Cordial, BDC Manager (Latest revision 5.15.2012)



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. Daring Huguenot sea captain, Jean Ribaut, is a remarkable figure in our history. Original date of publication: 11.12.2008

Web based resources:

Biography Resource Center database (DISCUS, password required for access from home)

Discoverer’s Web Scroll down to view the entry for Jean Ribault in the alphabetical arrangement.

“Our Country: Who is Jean Ribault?”

“Charlesfort” .

“The History of South Carolina Slide Collection” edited by Constance B. Schulz . *Choose Topic 2 “An Illustrated History, 1550-1988”for exploration, Native Americans, and the Santa Elena dig.

“Santa Elena Charlesfort” homepage of the South Carolina Institute for Anthropology and Archaeology .

“Charlesfort Identified” .

Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items: Beaufort County Historical Society Papers, #32 “Early French Explorations and Settlements.” This paper is also available on microfilm in BEA.

“Ribault’s fort,” by Miss Isabelle DeSaussure, Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina , no. 14, 1907. Ask the BDC staff for assistance.

“Foldout of the Charlesfort Monument (built by Jean Ribaut in 1562) at Parris Island — Unveiling of the monument ceremony — Welcome address by General Harry Lee — Dedication address by Major Gen. John A LeJeune; M. Jules Henry, First Secretary of the French Embassy; Senator Ellison D. Smith of SC; Hon. Curtis D. Wilbur, Sec. of the Navy — The senatorial bill making the monument possible — Report of Simons and Lapham, architects of the monument — Address of W. C. Miller at the 41st anniv. mtg of the Hug. Soc. of SC,” Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina , No. 31 (1926). Ask the BDC staff for assistance.

“Monument to Jean Ribaut in Normandy,” Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, No. 39 (1934). Ask the BDC staff for assistance.

The BDC has several relevant vertical files on Ribaut and the exploration and discovery period. Try these:

  • Ribaut, Jean (c1520-1565)

  • Ribaut Quadricentennial, 1962

  • Charlesfort

  • History – Exploration and Discovery

  • Parris Island


SC 975.9 CON Jean Ribaut : the whole & true discouerye of Terra Florida by Jean Ribaut, 1927 (BDC)

SC 975.799 WILBeaufort County, South Carolina [Pamphlet] : the shrines, early history and topography by N. L. Willet, 1926 (BDC)

SC 812 PROPrologue to Freedom: 400thAnniversary of the landing of Jean Ribaut, Souvenir Program of the Ribaut Quadricentennial, 1962 (BDC)

SC 920 FED Palmetto pioneers; six stories of early South Carolinians

SC 975.799 WHICharlesfort, 1562-63: the first Protestant settlement within the present-day United States by William H. Whitten, 1993 (BDC)

Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library:

REF Entry in South Carolina Encyclopedia (ALL)

910.45 CON Pirates and raiders of the Southern shoreby T. D. Conner, 2007 (BDC, HHI)

975.799 DAB Sea island diary : a history of St. Helena Island by Edith M. Dabbs, 1983 (BDC, HHI REF)

975.799 JON Port Royal under six flags by Katharine M. Jones, 1960. (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, LOB)

975.799 DOW Parris Island ‘from Cusabo to Leatherneck’by George Geddes Dowling, 1970 (BDC, BEA, BLU REF)

975.702 FOR For God, Glory and Gold: Early French and Spanish conquest of South Carolina[DVD], 2006 (ALL)

975.799 ROW V1 The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 1, 1514-1861by Lawrence Sanders Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr., 1996 (ALL)

These resources are available through the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library. Please visit your local Beaufort County Library branch or the Beaufort District Collection to view or borrow these materials. Please note that materials available only through the Beaufort District Collection (BDC) are not available for checkout. Normal visiting hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM; the BDC is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Materials may be found at the following Beaufort County Library locations: Beaufort District Collection (BDC) Beaufort Branch Library (BEA) Bluffton Branch Library (BLU) Hilton Head Island Branch Library (HHI) Lobeco Branch Library (LOB) St. Helena Branch Library (STH


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