JCB Archive of Early American Images
JCB call number:
D770 D757n / 2-SIZE
The Indians Astonished at the Eclipse of the Moon foretold by Columbus.
Place image published:
plate; following p. 32
Image dimension height:
18.3 cm. (platemark)
Image dimension width:
25.2 cm. (platemark)
Page dimension height:
Page dimension width:
Native Americans in feathered headdresses and garments kneel before and gaze on a lunar eclipse. Also includes ship with sailors landing in a boat, fruits and birds for food, dwellings, anchor, spear, bows, and arrows.
Drake, Edward Cavendish
A new universal collection of authentic and entertaining voyages and travels, from the earliest accounts to the present time ...
Source place of publication:
Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakepear's Head, in Pater-Noster-Row
Christopher Columbus used his foreknowledge of a total eclipse of the moon on February 29, 1504 (on his fourth voyage) to convince the natives of his supernatural powers and to persuade them to bring him and his starving crew food. Image placed horizontally on page.
Acquired before 1874.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Indians of the West Indies
Indians--First contact with Europeans