Unus Americanus ex Virginia

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Title

Unus Americanus ex Virginia

Subject

American Indians

Description

This engraving, taken from life, shows an American Indian man wearing a necklace, earrings, and head ornaments. The inscription in the upper left reads, "Unus Americanus ex Virginia" (an American from Virginia), a place name that early in the seventeenth century referred to much of both present-day Virginia and New England. In 1996, the scholar George R. Hamell identified the man as Jacques, an Algonquian-speaking warrior of the Munsee-Delaware tribe who had been taken prisoner by Europeans and, in 1644, transported to Amsterdam. He was put on display there and later in Atwerp, where he was sketched by the Bohemian engraver Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).

Creator

Wenceslaus Hollar

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Date

1645

Coverage

seventeenth century

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Etching

Physical Dimensions

4" x 3"

Files

Unus Americanus ex Virginia.jpg

Citation

Wenceslaus Hollar, “Unus Americanus ex Virginia,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed August 5, 2021, https://www.virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/102.

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