Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues Collection

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The Le Moyne Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americai provincia Gallis accerunt is a first person account by the French artist Jacques le Moyne de Morgues about an expedition of French Huguenots, led by Rene Goulaine de Laudonnière and Jean Ribault, to found a settlement in north Florida in the mid 1500s.  Le Moyne was the expedition's official artist and cartographer, charged with recording detailed information about the flora, fauna, and native peoples they encountered in the New World.  In 1564, the expedition founded the short-lived Fort Caroline settlement, believed to have been located on the St. John's River in the area of present day Jacksonville.   In 1565 the settlement was destroyed by Spaniards from St. Augustine under the command of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.  Although most of the Huguenots were killed in the attack, Le Moyne and about dozen others escaped and managed to return to Paris.

This digital collection consists of the 42 plates included in the Brevis, which are engravings by Theodor de Bry based upon Le Moyne's original paintings of the New World.