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[1210] John Underhill, The Figure of the Indians' Fort or Palizado in New England and the Manner of Destroying It by Captayne Underhill and Captayne Mason (1638),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-32055].
In 1636, English settlers engaged in a genocidal campaign to wipe out the Pequot tribe. Captain John Underhill chronicled the Pequot War in his News from America (1638), providing this sketch of the Puritans, along with their Narragansett allies, encircling and destroying a Pequot village.

[3217] The Bible and the Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and New Testament (1560),
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Title page from the Geneva Bible depicting the pursuit of the Hebrews by the Egyptians, as described in Exodus. Puritans who envisioned themselves as New Israelites used this Bible.

[6324] Sarony and Major, The Landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock, Dec. 11th 1620 (1846),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-4311].
Plymouth Rock has been used as a symbol of New England's settlement as the first event in American history—a myth not supported by the complex history of Native Americans and European exploration and settlement.

[6740] Nicolaes Visscher, Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae: Nec Non Partis Virginae Tabula Multis in Locis Emendata (1685),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [97683561].
This is a detail from the best-known map of New Netherland. The map details natural resources as well as geography. Beavers were a crucial, and profitable, trade item for places such Thomas Morton's Mar-re-Mount.

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