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John Lawson Digital Exhibit


One of the most interesting and yet enigmatic figures of colonial North Carolina history is John Lawson. Though he was an explorer, surveyor, land speculator, fur trader, naturalist, ethnographer, and writer, all that is really known about Lawson occurred during an eleven-year period, from when he arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1700 until his death at the hands of the Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina’s Neuse River region in 1711. And even in this period, the record of Lawson’s life leaves many gaps. John Lawson: Imagining a Life presents several of the documents through which Lawson’s contemporaries as well as later historians and writers have tried to decipher who John Lawson was.

For ease of navigation within this exhibit, the digital resources have been grouped into categories:

Link Adventurer
Link Naturalist
Link Entrepreneur

Users can return to any of these groupings from any part of the exhibit.


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For Further Reading

Chronology of John Lawson’s Life

Textual Note


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