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A New Voyage to Carolina Paperback – September 28, 1984
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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.
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.
described it. John Lawson set out to America in 1700 to do just that. He explored most all the rivers from the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina by canoe. His interest in the American Indians, the wild life to include all the animals, flowers, trees, the terrain, and everything eatable are with a magnifying glass detail. The book has also been translated into German shortly after it was first published.
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Very interesting little book for anyone interested in the the history of SC. I will say this though, the author sucked at measuring distance and judging size.Published 5 months ago by Harley Marlow
This book is a must read. It also dispels the myth of these fantastically overblown population figures of Native Americans, by ultra liberals....Published 6 months ago by Everette Leon Young II
Fascinating look back into our past--I always enjoy these first-person records of travels.Published on August 8, 2014 by Cathy Johnson (Kate)