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  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Reprint edition (September 28, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807841269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807841266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Lawson (1674? - 1711) was a British explorer, naturalist and writer. He played an important role in the history of colonial North Carolina, publicizing his expeditions in a book, and founding two settlements.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
Young John Lawson describes his adventure canoing and hiking through the Carolina Coastal Plain and Piedmont in the winter of 1700. Lawson's descriptions are detailed, especially of the many generous Native Americans who helped him on his way. His journey started in Charleston, continued through the Charlotte area, then east to Okeneechee Village on the Eno River (now Hillsborogh) and on to the coast near New Bern. This book is an unknown classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hall on November 12, 2008
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John Lawson is my immigrant ancestor, and a legend in my family, and yet I was 52 years old before I knew this book was still in print. I was thrilled to find out, and gave it to my siblings and cousins for Christmas. Reading the book was an amazing experience to me, because I felt I was reading it from the inside out. I understand John Lawson so well, and he gave me the gift of understanding myself better.

For people who don't have a personal stake in the story, it's still an amazing read. Lawson was an excellent writer, a keen observer and his sensibilities are such that he was able to see all that was admirable about the native Americans without losing sight of all that was horrific. He was a victim of that paradox, as he was burned alive by the people he so admired.

He is known as one of the nation's first humorists, I learned, and in my own generation I see his dry wit. It's also interesting to me that in my generation, there are two professional writers and one humor columnist, and we all recognized our own voices in his.

He was a man who left a very comfortable life in London to come and trek through North Carolina before it existed. He chose to begin his trip at the end of December -- a fact that I find astounding -- and he describes life-threatening incidents as if they were minor inconveniences. The courage and love of adventure that define his spirit shine through on every page. Regardless of my lack of objectivity, he was a remarkable man; he wrote a remarkable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KB on June 19, 2013
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Lawson writes of the native Americans he encountered on his journey to North Carolina. He listed characteristics of the land animals, birds, and fishes. The first-hand account of the differences among the Indian villages and the thoughtful reflection on the native cultures and their contrast with Europeans was most interesting to me.
The introduction by Lefler provided a needed overview as some of the words and phrases used by Lawson were different form todays American English. Lefler also provided a valuable overview to clarify some of Lawson's omissions or sequence of events.
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This is a must for any serious historian of North or South Carolina. However be warned that the Author is probably one of the most biased prigs that had ever trod the wilds of Carolina. However his writing provides a view of he land and peoples that was widely plagiarized well into the late 18th century - so as a source it is a good place to start.
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As touted, the book A New Voyage To Carolina by John Lawson commissioned by the British King George IV in the 1700's is an immense treasure trove of detailed history of the then British Colony.
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