Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Women already on the Atlantic coast of America when the English arrived

John White (English artist, c 1540-1593) Native woman of Dasamonquepeio Theodor de Bry’s engraving in Thomas Hariot’s 1588 A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia

John White (English artist, c 1540-1593) was an English artist & early pioneer of English efforts to settle North America. He was among those who sailed with Richard Grenville to the shore of present-day North Carolina in 1585, acting as artist & mapmaker to the expedition. During his time at Roanoke Island he made a number of watercolor sketches of the surrounding landscape and the native Algonkin peoples. These works are significant as they are the most informative illustrations of a Native American society of the Eastern seaboard.