First settled by the Timucuan people around the year 1000 AD, Amelia Island is a land rich in history. The French flag briefly flew over the area when explorer Jean Ribault landed in 1562, though just three years later, Spanish forces led by Pedro Menendez de Aviles drove out the French and raised la Rojigualda.
Between the French, Spanish and British, the island flew under seven different flags before it fell to U.S. interests and was part of Florida’s statehood in 1845.
The result is a blend of cultures that mix all of the various influences. From Victorian-style houses and the Silk Stocking District to landmarks such as the Egmont Hotel to the remnants of a 19th and 20th century shipping industry, Amelia Island is noted for its walkable sightseeing, tourism and world-class results.