French in Florida – Summer Exhibit

French in Florida – Summer Exhibit

Heritage Park and Cultural Center is proud to present French in Florida, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History.

This exhibit explores the first European depictions of Native Americans in Florida. Published in 1591 by engraver Theodore de Bry in Grand Voyages, the images and text were based on Jacques LeMoyne’s work. LeMoyne was the offical artist for the French colonizatoin expedition led by René de Laudonnière in 1564–65. The images were among the earliest and most comprehensive illustrations of Native Americans to circulate widely in Europe.

The exhibit places de Bry’s images in the context of the religious wars between the Catholics and the Protestants in Europe for dominion in the New World, particularly Florida. The exhibit also emphasizes how these early depictions are used in modern history textbooks and still shape our perception of American Indians in Florida.

French in Florida is on display at the Indian Temple Mound Museum during regular hours, 10am-4:30pm, Monday-Saturday. It is included with the general admission to the museums of Heritage Park and Cultural Center. French in Florida will be on display through Labor Day (4 Sep 17).