St. Augustine, Florida c. 1591 - Theodore De Bry


“The French Land at Cape Francois” by Jacques le Moyne.  Frankfurt:  Theodore De Bry, c. 1591. Translation provided on back of mat. (Image with text: 11 x 8 1/2")

This view depicts the French landing at “Cape Francois” (present-day St. Augustine). Prom. Gallicum and F. Delfinum found on the engraving are attempts at Latin translations of St. Augustine and Dolphin River (the latter is either “Ponce de Leon” or “Matanzas Inlet” south of St. Augustine – not north as suggested). Note: Filled wormholes along left margin.

Produced in Germany, c. 1591, by De Bry from a drawing by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues - an artist who accompanied the French Expedition to “Florida” under René de Laudonnière.  Le Moyne arrived on the coast of present-day South Carolina in 1564 and barely escaped the Spanish massacre at Fort Caroline in 1565. His drawings are among the earliest authentic representations of aboriginal life in North America.

Le Moyne’s work depicts life in the first Huguenot Colony, on the shores of St. John’s River, & elsewhere along the coast. The images reflect life as le Moyne saw it. His task was to sketch the Indians, their customs & habits; map the seacoast & harbors, indicate the position of towns, plot the rivers & “anything else in the country worthy of observation”- lending the world an eyewitness account of the exciting & unknown NEW WORLD. 

This item is presented in archival matting (20 x 16").

  • Inventory# V-1424
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