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The Natives of Florida worship the column erected by the commander on his first voyage

The Natives of Florida worship the column erected by the commander on his first voyage

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Chief Athore with René Laudonnière, commander of the second French expedition to Florida, standing by column erected by Jean Ribaut during first expedition, showing Natives worshiping the column and many offerings placed before it.
Illus. in: Brevis narratio eorvm qvæ in Florida Americæ provi̇cia Gallis acciderunt, : secunda in illam nauigatione, duce Renato de Laudōniere ... anno MDLXIIII. Qvae est secvnda pars Americae ... / Auctore Iacobo Le Moyne, cui cognomen de Morgues ... Nunc primùm Gallico sermone à Theodoro de Bry Leodiense in lucem edita: Latio verò donata a C. C. A. Francoforti ad Moenvm : Typis I. Wecheli, sumtibus vero T. de Bry, venales reperiūtur in officina S. Feirabēdii, 1591.
Engraving by Theodor de Bry after watercolor by Jacques Le Moyne.
Title transcribed from Lorant, p. 51.
Reproductions of painting in b&w and in color in Lorant, p. 32.
The New World [...] / Lorant, ed. New York : Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965, p. 51

The Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Americas. They settled in different regions and formed independent tribes with distinct cultures. By 1492 there were over 300 separate native languages. When Christopher Columbus landed on October 12, 1492, he thought he had reached India, and called the native people Indians, a name which gave them a collective identity. The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone...."

Travel Book Illustrations from 1500-1800





Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598, engraver
Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques, 1533?-1588.


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