A New Voyage to Carolina / Edition 1 available in Paperback
John Lawson's amazingly detailed yet lively book is easily one of the most valuable of the early histories of the Carolinas, and it is certainly one of the best travel accounts of the early eighteenth-century colonies. An inclusive account of the manners and customs of the Indian tribes of that day, it is also a minute report of the soil, climate, trees, plants, animals, and fish in the Carolinas.Lawson's observation is keen and thorough; his style direct and vivid. He misses nothing and recounts all from the storms at sea to his impressions of New York in 1700, the trip down the coast to Charleston, and his travels from there into North Carolina with his Indian guides.The first edition of this work was published in London in 1709. While various editions followed in the eighteenth century including two in German this edition is a true copy of the original and is the first to include a comprehensive index. It also contains "The Second Charter," "An Abstract of the Constitution of Carolina," Lawson's will, and several previously unpublished letters written by Lawson. A number of DeBry woodcuts of John White's drawings of Indian life, sketches of the beasts of Carolina which appeared in the original 1709 edition, and Lawson's map contribute additional interest to this volume.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.97(d)|
About the Author
John Lawson, explorer, surveyor, and naturalist, was from the Yorkshire region of England. He arrived in the Carolinas in 1700 and soon after began the first of a series of travels in the region. Eventually, he took up residence in present-day Bath, North Carolina, and in 1708 became the official surveyor for the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. In the late summer of 1711, on another trip to explore the interior of the region, Lawson was captured and put to death by Tuscarora Indians.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lawson was a surveyor/adventurer who made a journey through the Carolinas in the winter of 1700-1701. A New Voyage of Carolina is a journal of that journey, and a start on a natural history of the region and a Native American ethnography.This is a great edition, printed on good paper, with maps, illustrations and supporting documents. What I really wanted, however, was an attempt at matching the plants and animals Lawson describes to their current common or scientific names. Some things are easy to identify (sugar maples), and some nearly impossible (almond pine?).
The title describes the book well, "A New VOYAGE to CAROLINA; Containing the Exact Description and Natural History of that COUNTRY: Together with the Present State thereof. And A JOURNAL Of a Thousand Miles, Travel'd thro' several Nations of INDIANS. Giving a particular Account of their Customs, Manners, &c."He was hired to survey an area that was basically the mid east coast, South Carolina north to Virginia. He does so & his observations, comments & entire journey make for some fascinating reading. The wording & spelling is tough to get through sometimes. I've read it piecemeal over several years. The text & his map are free from Project Guttenberg.