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Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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Diane C. Donovan
I like his exhaustive research, and how he can stick to the facts while exploring possibilities and make relevant the lives of people who previously felt so distant.
His treatment of indigenous Terra Floridians speaks to his ability to examine people and places from more than one perspective. He knows how to engage a reader!
Even Harvey stumbled across le Moyne by accident, while promoting his previous book The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (which tells an equally obscure but fascinating tale albeit in a more idiosyncratic way). In Florida, a chance encounter makes him aware of a real-life story that lies behind the early map of Florida that illustrated his first book: the saga of France's efforts to found a permanent settlement in the New World -- Fort Caroline, now long since vanished -- and to the artist who accompanied them, Jacques Le Moyne. The handful of artistic works that he produced of Florida's native inhabitants as well as its flaura and fauna are not only the earliest record of region, but a tribute to a now-vanished civilization. Within decades of le Moyne's capturing their images, the Spanish had converted them by force to Catholicism and many were dead of disease, leaving their traditions to vanish into thin air.Read more ›
Having grown up in Jacksonville, Florida I was aware of Charles Bennett's obsession with documenting attempts by the French and Spanish in the 1560's to colonize and claim Florida. He knew that both countries had expended considerable time, effort and riches to try and establish a foothold in northeast Florida, all to gain access to and protect the Gulf Stream shipping lanes and expand westward to claim the gold, silver and other riches believed to exist in these unknown lands. Bennett, a World War II hero who served more than 40-years in Congress, wrote a number of books on the clashes between France and Spain in Florida (most notably, "Settlement of Florida"), and, - almost single-handedly, using his own personal funds and congressional influence - helped to establish the Fort Caroline National Historic Memorial.
There are many reasons as to why the French-Spanish conflict in Florida has been neglected and Miles Harvey is a brave scholar to pick-up where Bennett and only a few other historians have dared to tread.
First and foremost is the problem that historians have typically exhibited difficulty overcoming the "winner writes the history" context of British and Puritan, Quaker and Calvinist influence on writers of Florida/American history. Second, there is the enormous complexity of this era because the primary sources exist in four languages (English, French, Dutch and Spanish) and are found only in obscure libraries and archives in Europe - if they still exist at all.Read more ›
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Fantastic Read! I enjoy and respect this authors ability to tell a story! Enjoyed this book and author so much i ordered The Island of Lost Maps, and look forward to reading it!Published 25 days ago by frank dedmon
A great narrative and historical account of the early American and particularly Florida history. Even if you don't like history, this is pretty exciting stuff.Published 2 months ago by Paul Warren
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B35IA2?keywords=painter%20in%20a%20savage%20land&qid=1445966992&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1Published 3 months ago by B. Gooden
An interesting view on early American history, shifting the glory to the common people, the true survivors. Well written and Enlightening!Published 14 months ago by Pam@jpr
Very well-researched and written. As an aside, even if the ruins of the original Fort Caroline are never located, the area surrounding the reputed site is one of outstanding... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Meh
Great pictures, and a really little known part of our history. I had always wondered who really did those old old pictures of First Americans and I still wonder how accurate they... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by fj
Much of what we know about the Timucua Indians living in North Central Florida at the time the Spaniards arrived in the early 1500's is based on the sketches and descriptions by... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Liselotte
The story of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues is finally told, and in gripping fashion. Hired as illustrator and cartographer for the Ribault/Laudonniere expedition to Florida in 1564,... Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by Stephen Parrish