IN a fascinating talk at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth on February 25, cartographic historian John Faupel will be revealing the extraordinary story of Jacques le Moyne, the first artist to visit the New World.
In 1564 three French Huguenot ships set sail for the New World in an attempt to establish the first Protestant colony in North America.
Among the colonists was artist Jacques le Moyne, who had been ordered by the French Royal Court to paint and record 'whatever new he was able to discover in those parts'.
Le Moyne was the first to produce many ethnographic studies of the Native Americans and was partly responsible for producing an extraordinarily detailed, but distorted map of the Florida peninsula.
After only 15 months in Florida the French were discovered by the Spanish, who massacred their entire settlement. Join John Faupel to discover the extraordinary story of le Moyne's escape and how his work came to be published 26 years later by Flemish engraver, Theodore de Bry.
Tickets for the lecture, entitled A Foothold in Florida, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 25, are available from the Maritime Museum in Falmouth at £19.50 to include a two-course supper or £9.50 for lecture only. Doors and bar open from 6pm. To book your seats please call 01326 214546.