Events Calendar

Current Weather

More >>

Sponsored by:

Manatee Road Watch


Eat Here - Gulf Coast Cookery Sean Tampa Bay yacht Management Bills Discount Center - New & used Furnature, Appliances and More!

The Bradenton Times Polls

Poll Question: Will you be attending at least one of the five Marauders home games occurring July 17-23?

 Yes  No More polls »



Home
Change Text Size: Larger  Smaller

News Section: Community



Sunday Favorites: The Perspective that Shaped a World View

Published Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:06 am

Dutch engraver and goldsmith Theodor de Bry is credited with providing the world with the first glance into the lives of Florida’s native population.

 

In 1591, De Bry published Grand Voyages, which contained the earliest-known European images of Native Americans in what is now Florida. 

 

While some historians believe that De Bry’s renditions may have included propaganda meant to promote Florida’s colonization by Europeans, the images are considered historically significant while also highly controversial. 

 

De Bry’s collection of 42 plaques is largely based on the works of Jacques le Moyne de Morgues (1533–1588), a French artist and member of Jean Ribault's expedition to the New World. 

 

Le Moyne accompanied Ribault and René Laudonnière in an ill-fated attempt to colonize northern Florida. He served as the official recording artist and cartographer.

 

In September 1565, Spanish soldiers led by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés attacked and killed the French colonists in an event known as the Fort Caroline Massacre. Le Moyne survived the attack and sought refuge in England.

Photo credit: Florida Memory Project

 

Le Moyne ended his career as a highly regarded botanical artist in Elizabethan London.

 

De Bry obtained Le Moyne’s original sketches shortly after his death in 1588. Some scholars have criticized De Bry’s renditions of Le Moyne’s sketches because the do not match later depictions of the Timucua Indians encountered by the French in northeastern Florida.

 

They and also contend that de Bry altered the images prior to publication. 

 

For instance, in one image depicting Timucua warfare against the Potanou, there are visible mountains on the horizon of what is supposed to be northeastern Florida. 

 

Other images also contain items not found in Florida. In one sketch, the Timucuan used a Pacific nautilus shell, which is only found in the ocean, as a ceremonial object rather than the Florida whelk shell, according to the Florida Memory Project. 

 

Despite the indiscrepancies, the images reveal a wealth of information not only about how the native tribes lived but also largely depicted European aspirations to colonize Florida. 

 

Engravings like “Order of March Observed by Outina on a Military Expedition,” were meant to promote colonization.

 

Photo credit: Florida Memory Project

 

“This image conveyed the notion that the Timucua obeyed authority, were organized and fit for war, and could perhaps aid the Protestant French against their Catholic enemies vying for control of the Americas. The images depict the Timucua as less sophisticated than Europeans, both in terms of dress and weaponry, and therefore they were seen as potential candidates for accepting French religion and civilization,” according to the Florida Memory Project blog. 

 

De Bry may have never traveled to the Americas, but the images he created helped to shape the European perception of Native American cultures and the land they inhabited and have given modern day scientists and historians a glimpse into life in the Americans at that time. 

Join the conversation post Facebook comments here or on our site at the bottom of article.

 

  In Addition to Facebook Comments You Can Also Post Comments Below



Non-Facebook Comments:

Click here to add a Non-Facebook comment to this page




 Sign up for our free news subscription - a great way to stay informed!



News World Round UpSports Roundup

Manatee Rural Health Certificate
 


Obituaries

Name Date
Edith Norbury July 20, 2014
Richard McLaren July 17, 2014
Jean Burroughs July 18, 2014
Larry Van Winkle July 18, 2014
Eugenia Shannon July 15, 2014
Philip Hack May 28, 2014
Melvin White July 5, 2014
Judith Kissel July 8, 2014
Abbott Siplin July 19, 2014
All Obituaries






Copyright © 2009 - 2014 | The Bradenton Times | More than just an Online Newspaper | http://www.thebradentontimes.com/
405 26 Avenue Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-896-7857 - Privacy Policy - RSS Feed
Template provided by Free CSS Templates