Friday, January 28, 2022

‘French in Florida’ to Highlight Florida’s Early Colonial History

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are inviting residents and visitors to learn about Florida’s early colonial history at a special event being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112.

The event will highlight the museum’s four month exhibit, “The French in Florida: 1562 – 1566,” which explores the French foray into the New World, beginning in Florida.

The event is also the Naples premiere of a digitally animated short film based on the historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodor de Bry engravings of early Florida. The illustrations, originally published in 1591 by de Bry in “Grand Voyages,” were based on the work of French colonial artist Jaques LeMoyne, who was the official artist on an expedition led by René de Laudonnière in 1564.

The illustrations were among the earliest and most detailed depictions of Native Americans to circulate widely in Europe. The exhibit places the images in the context of the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in Europe and the struggle between France and Spain for domination in the New World, while emphasizing how these early depictions still shape our perception of Native Americans in Florida.

The event will include presentations from James Oliverio, executive director of the University of Florida Digital Worlds Institute, who will describe the development of the project, and Thodor de Bry descendant John de Bry, who will provide context for these iconic engravings.

A string quartet from the University of Florida will play the film score live during showings. French in Florida is part of the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit program.

Tickets for the event are $35 for Friends of the Collier County Museum members. Tickets for non-members are $50.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (239) 417-4937 or visit

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