Floridians crossing over to an island to take their pleasure.
That country abounds in most delightful islands, as the first pictures of our series show. The rivers are not deep; but the water, which comes not higher than to the breast, is very clear and pure. When they desire to make a little pleasure excursion with their wives and children, to one of these islands, they cross over by swimming, in which they are very skilful ; or, if they have young children, by wading. The mother can carry three children at a time, the smallest on one shoulder, and holding it by one arm, the other two holding on to her under her arms ; while in her other hand she holds up a basket full of fruit or other provisions for the occasion. When there is any fear of the enemy, the men take their bows and arrows ; and, to keep them from being wet, they attach the quiver to the hair of the head, and hold up in one hand a bow all ready strung, and an arrow, for instant defence if necessary: as in the picture.” Narrative of Le Moyne, Jacques Le Moyne