About the Author
The author’s motivation for writing this book came from four distinct sources. One was a visit to St. Augustine, Florida, where he became captivated with the early contribution of the French Huguenots to the founding of Florida and the United States. The second source was knowledge that it is very likely that some of his ancestors on his mother’s side, by the original name of Hardouin, were Huguenots who came to the United States from France in the late 17th century. The third was the fact that he spent nearly one and one-half years, in total, in France, teaching courses, attending meetings, spending leisure time, and visiting friends. During these times, he visited most of the places in France mentioned in the book. Finally, he grew up in an area of California with several Indian reservations and went to school, 1st to 12th grade, with numerous Native Americans ̶ many of whom were very close friends.