New Book: “La Colonia Francesa de Florida (1562-1565)

Repeating Islands


The rare Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues full color engravings about the French colony in Florida, in a Jean-Paul Duviols edition.

In the second part of his work “Great Voyages” (1591) the engraver, printer

and publisher Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) evokes the adventures of a French Calvinist group that commanded by captain Jean Ribault and the explorer Rene Laudonniere attempted, between the years of 1562 and 1565, to settle in the Florida peninsula.

The encounters with the Timucua indians, the intervention of the Spanish troops led by the first Spanish governor of Florida, Pedro Menendez de

Aviles, and the subsequent slaughter of almost all the French settlers, are the predominant elements of an episode of the European Wars of Religion exported to the New World.

Being Huguenot, Captain Jean Ribault on his return to Europe was forced to seek shelter in England, where was granted an audience before Queen Elizabeth…

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