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A New Voyage to Carolina

John Lawson

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. . .h could have done, and was full as neat, and expeditious, in her Affairs. It happen'd to be one of their great Feasts, when we were there: The first day that we came amongst them, arriv'd an Ambassador from the King of Sapona, to treat with these Indians about some important Affairs. He was painted with Vermillion all over his Face, having a very large Cutlass stuck in his Girdle, and a Fusee in his Hand. At Night, the Revels began where this Foreign Indian was admitted; the King, and War Captain, inviting us to see their Masquerade: This Feast was held in Commemoration of the plentiful Harvest of Corn they had reap'd the Summer before, with an united Supplication for the like plentiful Produce the Year ensuing. These Revels are carried on in a House made for that purpose, it being done round with white Benches of fine Canes, joining along the Wall; and a place for the Door being left, which is so low, that a Man must stoop very much to enter therein. This Edifice resembles a large . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Hugh Lefler's edition of Lawson's 1709 classic is surely the best available in print today. John Lawson, though certainly a great naturalist, was also an astute observer of human beings. His portraits of colonial life in the Carolinas are unforgettable. He relates the scenes of Indian towns, port...more

In A New Voyage to Carolina, John Lawson recounts his journey through coastal and central South Carolina and North Carolina. He describes the natural history of the region and discusses the various American Indian cultures he encounters. Fascinating.

In questo libro ho trovato un racconto di viaggio (dal Sud al Nord Carolina), una descrizione del Nord Carolina, liste di animali, fiori, frutti, alberi, animali, rettili, uccelli, pesci, usi e costumi degli indiani, una lista di vocaboli nelle diverse varietà che parlavano, la costituzione del N...more

Loved the journal entries...made for quick reading hear-and-there. Intersting to associate the discoveries and observations he writes about to the area in modern times.

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,...more

A fascinating look back at the Carolinas as they existed in 1700. John Lawson prepared what he believed to be a rigorous narrative on the peoples, plants, animals, and productions as he encountered them on a four month expedition and also as a resident of the new town of Bath. Lawson was surprisi...more

John Lawson was one of the early explorer's of the interior of the Carolina colony in the early 1700's. This is a journal of his journey. Unfortunately, nothing particularly interesting happened. It's a pretty much straight forward narrative of a a rather uninteresting journey. He follows that wi...more

A lot of good and interesting information in this book, but it is very tedious to read because it is written in early 18th century English.

Great book on nature and how comprehensive the knowledge of surveyors.