New World Encounters: Columbus Day Lesson #1 Vespucci Drawings

Directions:  Please view the drawings on the link Woodcuts (below).  Please discuss the following concepts & questions with your group:

•Visualizing the New World (1505, 1509)

•Early in the sixteenth century, the explorer Amerigo Vespucci wrote a letter detailing his experience in the New World (a place that he gave his name—America).  The letter was translated and published throughout Europe, accompanied by illustrations that were often drawn by artist who themselves had never seen the newly discovered Western Hemisphere.

1.How did the artists whose work is reproduced here imagine the Indians?

2.What differences between the Indians and the Europeans did they think important?

3.Did the various artists portray a consistent view of the Native Americans?


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