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Auction 132, Lot 237

"Arx Carolina", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Jacksonville, Florida

Period: 1671 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.6 x 10.9 inches
34.5 x 27.7 cm
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This is a lively view of Fort Caroline in present-day Jacksonville, Florida. The French Huguenots under Ribault and Lordonniere built this fort in their second attempt to establish a colony on the Atlantic coast. Erected on the River May (St. Johns River) in 1564, the fort lasted only a year before being destroyed by the Spanish, ending the French colonial ambitions in the region. The triangular shaped fort is shown with its gun emplacements and protective moat. The surrounding countryside is filled with cattle, Indians and colonists going about their daily chores and the harbor is filled with boats and ships.


Condition: A

Sharp impression with very faint foxing.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/2/2010