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Anglorum in Virginiam aduentus (The arrival of the Englishemen [sic] in Virginia)
Original Author: Theodor de Bry after John White
Created: ca. 1590
Medium: Printed hand-colored engraving
Publisher: The Mariners' Museum

Anglorum in Virginiam aduentus (The arrival of the Englishemen [sic] in Virginia)

English colonists approach the island of Roanoke in a small boat in 1585 in this colored engraving by Theodor de Bry based on a watercolor painting by John White. Due to shallow waters, the English had difficulty finding a safe passage to the protected island, and several of their ships (seen in the foreground) foundered in the shoals. The location of various Virginia Indian groups and villages are also shown on the map. De Bry added details to his engravings based on descriptions by Thomas Hariot, who accompanied White and approximately 600 colonists to Roanoke in 1585.

De Bry's engravings accompanied A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, Hariot's description of his year at Roanoke, which was intended to serve, in part, as a justification for further colonizing efforts. These rare, hand-colored versions of the illustrations appeared in a 1590 edition published in Latin.

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