Columbus in America

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    Christopher Columbus (c1451-1506) wasn't the first to sail from Europe to America, but his voyage there in 1492 kick-started contact between the continents, and the Old World's discovery of the New. This is the Old World's look back to that 'first contact', drawn in 1594. Naked native Americans are holding gifts Columbus has just given them, as more ships arrive in the background while a cross is being erected. Columbus's own account from 1493 celebrated "the turning of so many people to our holy faith, and afterwards for material benefits, since not only Spain but all Christians will have refreshment and profit".

     

    Shelfmark: G.6628, plate IX

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