Painter in a Savage Land

The first European artist in North America, Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, landed in the New World in 1564 as part of an expedition to claim La Florida for France. This rip-roaring account of Le Moyne’s adventures includes piracy, naval warfare, a massacre, and brushes with a soon-to-be-extinct indigenous tribe. It’s a testament to Miles Harvey’s research and style that he can powerfully evoke a man about whom so few documentary traces remain. And while the narrative loses drive when Le Moyne returns to Europe, Painter in a Savage Land remains a poignant attempt to rescue a forgotten moment in American history. B+

Painter in a Savage Land
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