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Martin, Johnson & Co. Landing of Columbus.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08878.0001 Author/Creator: Martin, Johnson & Co. Place Written: New York, New York Type: Engravings Date: 1856 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Engraving of Columbus's landing in the New World in 1492. Depicts Columbus and his men on a beachfront in the West Indies. Columbus holds the royal banner of Aragon and Castile in one hand and a sword in the other. Native West Indians watch the Europeans from behind a tree. Published by Martin, Johnson & Co, New York, based on a painting by John Vanderlyn, and engraved by H.B. Hall.

People: Martin, Johnson & Co.
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852.
Hall, H.B.
Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506.

Historical Era: The Americas to 1620

Keywords/Subjects: Caribbean, Frontiers and Exploration, American Indian History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: Native Americans Exploration