Theodor de Bry - [How they catch fish]
Native men and women in a dugout canoe fishing while others in the background stand in the river and spear fish.
Illus. in: Wunderbarliche, doch warhafftige Erklärung, von der Gelegenheit vnd Sitten der Wilden in Virginia ... / Erstlich in engelländischer Sprach beschrieben durch Thomam Hariot, vnd newlich durch Christ. P. in Teutsch gebracht. Franckfort am Mayn : Gedruckt bey J. Wechel, in Verlegung D. Bry, 1590, [plate] 13.
Engraving by Theodor de Bry after watercolor by John White.
Title transcribed from Lorant, p. 250.
The New World [...] / Lorant, ed. New York : Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965, p. 251
Reference copy in LOT 4411-C.
The Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Americas. They settled in different regions and formed independent tribes with distinct cultures. By 1492 there were over 300 separate native languages. When Christopher Columbus landed on October 12, 1492, he thought he had reached India, and called the native people Indians, a name which gave them a collective identity. The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone...."