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Making America: A History of the United States, Brief Second Edition
Carol Berkin, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly, W. Thomas Mainwaring
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English Trade with Indians
Theodor de Bry

This picture shows you one interpretation of a trading session between the English and Native Americans. Theodor de Bry drew this illustration and was one of the first to include such drawings in his accounts of the New World. Previous works on the subject contained either no illustrations or very crude ones. Look for de Bry's European biases about Native Americans as you look at the drawing.

Questions to Consider
  1. What two groups of people are pictured? Describe some of the contrasts in how each is portrayed.

  2. What are they doing?

  3. Explain the significance of the objects involved in this activity.


Drawing of the English trading with the Indians