Three Voyages, by Rene Laudonniere, author Charles Bennett, Translator
This translation of an eyewitness account by a major participant offers valuable information about all three attempts to establish a French colony on the south Atlantic coast of North America.
Rene Laudonniere’s account of the three attempts by France to colonize what is now the United States is uniquely valuable because he played a major role in each of the ventures—first, in 1562, as second in command during the founding of the ill-fated Charlesport, then as commander for the establishment of Fort Caroline on Florida’s St. Johns River in 1564, and finally as the one to welcome French reinforcements the following year. It was also Laudonniere’s destiny to witness the tragic fall of Fort Caroline to Spanish claims one month later.
“The sources contained in this volume are rich in ethnographic and historical detail, and provide an unparalleled glimpse of early French interaction with the Timucuan Indians and others in the late 16th century.”
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