Visual Source: Blemmyes from Walter Raleigh’s Discovery of Guiana (1603)

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?

This is an engraving of Blemmyes, creatures who supposedly had their heads in their chests, in a 1603 German edition of Sir Walter Raleigh’s “Discovery of Guiana.”

 Blemmyes from Walter Raleigh’s <i>Discovery of Guiana</i>