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The French In Florida

Volume II of Theodor De Bry's Grand Voyages.


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Illustrations after Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. From Der ander Theyl,...,so die Frantzosen in Floridam. Frankfurt: Johann Theodor De Bry, 1590 and after. Engravings with letter press. Narrow margins, as issued, with typical wear at edges. Very good condition.

These prints are illustrations of the first French attempt at settlement in North America. Beginning in 1562, the French sent over ships to set up a colony in Southeastern North America. Though a short-lived colony was established on the St. John's River in Florida, the attempt was a failure, ending with a massacre of the French colonist by a Spanish force in 1564. Only two Frenchmen escaped, René de Laudonnière and Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. The former wrote the text for this account of the French expedition and the latter drew the illustrations.

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