JCB Archive of Early American Images
JCB call number:
E769 P452j vol. 2
[Patagonian giant family]
Place image published:
[Etienne de Bourdeaux]
fold-out plate XVI; at end
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Native American man, woman, and child trade with European. Also includes horse, dog, ship, belts being traded. The giant man carries a boleadora.
Pernety, Antoine-Joseph, 1716-1801
Journal historique d'un voyage fait aux iles Malouïnes en 1763 & 1764 ... Tome II
Source place of publication:
Chez Etienne de Bourdeaux, Libraire du Roy & de la Cour
M DCC LXIX 
In 1766, Commodore John Byron returned to London after circumnavigating the world. Word soon leaked out that the crew had discovered nine-foot tall Patagonian giants. Earlier explorers had also reported a race of giants in Patagonia. As early the 1520s, Antonio Pigafetta had written of giants living in South America. Magellan, with whom Pigafetta sailed, gave the giants the name "Patagons" because of their big feet, thus naming the southern tip of South America. Boleadoras were tools used by indigenous peoples of the Argentinian Pampas to hunt. A boleadora consisted of two stones bound by a leather cord which were thrown and then used to trip an animal. The gauchos, or cowboys, of Argentina later would refine this tool and make it their own.
Acquired in 1920.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Indians of South America--Chile