Theodor de Bry's Engravings of the Timucua

Theodor de Bry's Engravings of the Timucua

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Plate VI
The French Commander Erects a Column with the Arms of the King of France

We returned on board and spent the night there. The captain of the expedition had the arms of the King of France engraved on a column and ordered it to be loaded on a small boat, ready to be erected in some pleasant and well chosen spot. The French sailed on three miles further where they noticed a small stream, and continued until they saw that this little creek joined the bigger one, thus forming a small island. They disembarked and finding it a pleasant place, the commander ordered the column to be placed on a bare mound. They saw two stags of a gigantic size, larger than any they seen before. They could easily have killed them with their arquebuses, but he captain, who was impressed by their extraordinary size, forbade it. Before re-embarking they gave the river that surrounded this little island the name of Libourne. They continued their explorations on another island, not far from the first. Here they discovered some very high cedars, taller than they had seen anywhere else in this region, so they called it the island of Cedars. They then returned aboard. The little island in which the column was erected is marked by a letter F in this engraving.


All transcriptions are taken from Discovering the New World, Based on the Works of Theodore de Bry, edited by Michael Alexander (New York: Harper & Row, 1976).