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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 ›
Miraculously, Jacques Le Moyne escaped together with his commander Rene Laudonniere and "an elderly carpenter" named Nicolas Le Challeux. All three of them kept records of their expeditions, useful to explain Le Moyne's "water color drawings". When these drawings were produced is subject to much speculation. They were given to Theodor De Bry by Jacques Le Moyne's widow after his death.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 7 months 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 9 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 10 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 20 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
This is a book that I thought no one would ever have the knowledge, language skills or sheer perseverance to write. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by RNS
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