Explorers

Francisco de Chicora

(fl. 1521) Francisco de Chicora was an Indian slave from South Carolina who was brought back to Spain in 1521.

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto

(ca. 1500-1542) Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who explored in South Carolina.

William Hilton

(1617-1675) Hilton Head Island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663, identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself.

John Lawson

(mid to late 1600s-1711) John Lawson was a British explorer, naturalist, and writer who explored the Carolina backcountry and published the first natural historical survey of the area in the book A New Voyage to Carolina.

Juan Pardo

(fl.1560) Juan Pardo was a Spanish explorer who built missions and forts in the Southeast in 1566 and 1567.

Jean Ribault

Jean Ribault

(1520-1565) Jean Ribault was a French navigator who led an expedition to the New World in 1562 that founded the outpost of Charlesfort on Paris Island. He later took over command of Fort Caroline near modern-day Jacksonville, Florida.