JCB Archive of Early American Images
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Native American man, woman, and child sit under a tree with large fruits or nuts.
Thevet, André, 1502-1590
[Les singularitez de la France Antarctique] Les singularitez de la France Antarctique, autrement nommée Amerique
Source place of publication:
A Anvers [Antwerp]
De l'imprimerie de Christophle Plantin a la Licorne d'or
This may be a calabash tree, Crescentia cujete, which produces large spherical fruit used by native Americans as containers. The text describes a tree with large oval inedible fruit like ostrich eggs used by the natives for drinking vessels. Thevet, a Franciscan monk, traveled to Brazil with Nicolas Durand, chevalier de Villegagnon, stayed ten weeks, and wrote his book from his own observations and those of others.
Acquired before 1865.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Flora and fauna
Indians of South America--Brazil