Explorations of the New World brought a wealth of information to the Old World. French Huguenot and skilled florilegium painter Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (c. 1533–1588) accompanied Rene de Laudonniere’s expedition to Florida in 1564, becoming the first artist to visit the New World.

During his year-long stay at French Fort Caroline, Le Moyne created countless depictions of neighboring Native American tribes, as well as flora, fauna, and Floridian geography. Though most of his work was destroyed in a Spanish raid on the fort the same year, Le Moyne recreated several pieces from memory.

His drawing of the North American coastline, published posthumously as Floridae Americae Provinciae by Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry, greatly influenced other cartographic works of the time.



John White, an English artist and later colonial governor, incorporated Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues' cartography into his own work.

During his five voyages to North America between 1585 and 1590, White surveyed much of coastal Virginia and present-day North Carolina. His return to Europe led him to publish several of his works, including a map of Virginia that included coastlines from Le Moyne's original drawings.

Theodor de Bry adapted White’s watercolor maps in 1590, engraving Americae pars, Nunc Virginia dicta as a plate within his book, America. Volume II of America, published a year later, featured several of Le Moyne's views of Florida, including Floridae Americae Provinciae