In the fall of 1696, the barkentine Reformation, sailing from Jamaica to Philadelphia, was wrecked off Jupiter Island on the Florida coast. Jonathan Dickinson; a young Quaker merchant, with his wife and infant son, and a party of about twenty managed to reach the mainland, only to fall in the hands of a band of hostile Indians. Held captive at a wigwam village for several weeks, Dickinson observed at first hand and later recorded in his journal a fascinating account of Indian life, rituals, and customs.

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