Media Information

Collection name:
JCB Archive of Early American Images
Accession number:
Record number:
JCB call number:
B731 V422h (copy 3)
Image title:
[Queen of the Cofitachequi greets Hernando de Soto]
Place image published:
Image publisher:
[Chez Pierre Vander Aa]
Image date:
Image function:
fold-out plate; vol. 1, following p. 260
etching, engraving
Image dimension height:
13 cm.
Image dimension width:
17.9 cm.
Page dimension height:
17.1 cm.
Page dimension width:
22 cm.
Materials medium:
Materials support:
A native American woman places a string of pearls around the neck of a European man. She is attended by other native Americans who carry animal skins and cloth while others row boats on a lake. European soldiers observe.
Source creator:
Vega, Garcilaso de la, 1503-1536
Source Title:
[Florida del Ynca. French] Historie de la conquete de la Floride ...
Source place of publication:
A Leide [Leiden]
Source publisher:
Chez Pierre Vander Aa
Source date:
MDCC XXXI. [1731]
Text explains that after a long and difficult journey, Hernando de Soto's troop found the supposed land of gold that their native American guide promised to find. The ruler or chief of the tribe living there was purported to be a woman. That woman came, finally, to greet de Soto and gave him a string of pearls and other gifts. The Spaniards demanded gold, but there was none to be had, so they stole all the pearls from the temples and elsewhere and took the chief hostage. She later escaped with a box of the best pearls.
Time Period:
Acquired in 2005.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
geographic area:
North America
Subject Area:
Indigenous peoples
Subject headings:
Indians of North America--First contact with Europeans
Subject headings:
Soto, Hernando de, 1500-1542

[Queen of the Cofitachequi greets Hernando de Soto]