Laura Gascoigne

Europe’s eye-popping first glimpse of the Americas

Cannibalism looms large in Theodore de Bry’s hugely popular book of illustrations of the New World

‘How they had a slave who always lied about me and who would have enjoyed to see me killed, but who was killed and eaten himself in my presence’: Hans Staden’s account of the cannibalistic Tupinamba Indians from Volume III of Theodore de Bry’s America [© John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence]

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