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Johnson Fry & Co. De Soto's Discovery of the Mississippi.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08878.0002 Author/Creator: Johnson Fry & Co. Place Written: New York, New York Type: Engravings Date: 1858 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Depicts De Soto, riding a white horse, arriving at the Mississippi River at a point below Natchez on 8 May 1541. Native Americans watch in front of their tepees, and a chief holds out a peace pipe. Artillerymen with weapons, armor, and a cannon are pictured in the foreground. To the right, a monk prays as men set a crucifix in the ground. Published by Johnson, Fry & Co., New York. Based on the painting by William Henry Powell.

People: Johnson Fry & Co.
Powell, W. H. (William Henry), 1823-1879.
De Soto, Hernando, ca. 1500-1542.

Historical Era: The Americas to 1620

Keywords/Subjects: Frontiers and Exploration, American Indian History, Religion, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: Native Americans Exploration