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2. Exploring Borders   



2. Exploring
Borderlands


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Garcilaso de la Vega - Selected Archive Items

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[2591] Theodor de Bry, A Noblewoman of Pomeiock [Indian Woman and Young Girl] (1590),
courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.
This engraving shows a native woman of the Virginia town of Pomeiock carrying a clay vessel, while a child holds a rattle and a doll. The woman resembles the female figures painted by Renaissance artists like Botticelli.

[2890] Robert W. Weir, Embarkation of the Pilgrims (1844),
courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.
This painting shows Pilgrims praying on the deck of the Speedwell as it departs from Holland, on July 22, 1620, on its way to meet the Mayflower in England. The rainbow on the left symbolizes divine protection and hope.

[7329] C. Colin, Ferdinand Cortés and Hernando de Soto in the Camp of the Inca at Caxamalca. The Order of His Court and the Reverence with Which His Subjects Approached His Person, Astonished the Spaniards (c. 1902),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-104362].
The Spanish Conquistadores discovered a complex, highly developed society when they arrived in Peru. This image depicts an Incan court ritual that particularly impressed the Spanish. Garcilaso de la Vega's Commentarios Reales (Royal Commentaries) tells an Incan version of the conquest of Peru.

[8340] John Gadsby Chapman, Baptism of Pocahontas (1840),
courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.
Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, a powerful chief of the Algonquian Indians near colonial Virginia. Although her life has been much romanticized, it is known that she married Englishman John Rolfe in 1614. Before their marriage, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and was baptized and christened Rebecca.

[8359] William H. Powell, Discovery of the Mississippi (1855),
courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.
At the center of this painting is Hernando de Soto, riding a white horse. In 1541 de Soto, a Spanish explorer, became the first European to see the Mississippi River. The painting shows Native Americans watching de Soto's approach, as a chief offers a peace pipe.

[8365] John Vanderlyn, Landing of Columbus (1847),
courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.
Columbus is shown raising the royal flag in order to "claim" Guanahani, the West Indies island he renamed San Salvador, for Ferdinand and Isabella. As natives look on from behind a tree, crew members search for gold in the sand.



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