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Theodore De Bry:  [Florida Indians] Wie die Floridaner in Andere Inseln sich zu erlustiren schwimmen

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Title: [Florida Indians] Wie die Floridaner in Andere Inseln sich zu erlustiren schwimmen

Map Maker: Theodore De Bry

Place / Date: Frankfurt / 1591

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 6.5 x 8.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $245.00

Inventory ID: 48802mp2


Natives Swimming with Children

The text describes how the natives swim to islands for an excursion carrying their children, provisions for a picnic, and weapons at the ready to defend themselves if enemies attack. They attach their quivers to their hair to keep them dry.

The engraving was published by Theodor de Bry in his Grand Voyages (1591), based upon watercolor illustrations made by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, are the earliest known European depictions of Native Americans in what is now known as the United States.  Le Moyne, a member of the short-lived French colony known as Fort Caroline founded by Huguenot explorer Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere (ca. 1529-1574), based the watercolors on his experiences in Florida in the 1560s.  

De Bry later published Le Moyne's work, along with other illustrations of the New World, as part of an effort to encourage European colonization in the Americas.  Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, an illustrator and explorer, sailed with René de Laudonnière on the 1564 Huguenot expedition to Florida.  Laudonnière set up Fort Caroline on the St. John's River in 1564, but the settlement was destroyed by the Spanish army under Pedro Menendez de Aviles. 

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