Visual Source: Theodor de Bry, Engraving of cannibals (1590)

European Exploration, Perception of the Other, and the Columbian Exchange

How did Europeans perceive the new people they encountered and how were they in turn perceived?

Theodor de Bry created this image, an engraving of supposed acts of cannibalism in the New World, as part of a series called “America” that was published in Frankfurt in 1590. It was based on descriptions given to him by explorers rather than his own experiences since he never traveled to the New World.

Theodor de Bry, Engraving of cannibals

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. What is occurring in the first engraving?

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. How might such an image have shaped public perception of native Americans?

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