English travelers looked forward to their upcoming expedition with anticipation and wonder. Before they began their voyage, English travelers received different literary views of Native Americans. Many stories described natives as “savages” as well as “beasts.” Moreover, literatures described cruelty and genocide that occurred by Catholic Spaniards. Conversely, the accounts of Christopher Columbus’ depicted natives to be friendly and gentle, eager to receive Europeans both in both past and future meetings.
The illustration reflects an overall sense of a single Indian community that live, work, and are ultimately laid to rest. If English travelers were to venture and settle with Native Americans, their quest would end and then begin with a fresh outlook and they, in turn, could live with a new sense of peace.
Each portion of the picture is sectioned out to reflect different community activities. The illustration’s top portion reflects a working area, with more than two work buildings (given the top outline) in conjunction with a watchmen’s hut. Both elements allude to rotating watch schedules. The illustration’s top-middle portion reflects a living area. The fire amidst the buildings suggests either a place to cook maize, a fire for heat, or both. The buildings are communally positioned, suggesting a small “neighborhood” given the number of people surrounding the buildings. Also, the different sizes and the buildings’ positions suggest that the buildings are inhabited by tribal title.
There are three different fields for maize; one where maize is newly sprung, next where maize is in transition (green), and third where maize has ripened. The small hut in the ripe field suggests a resting station for Indians retrieving newly harvested crop. In the illustration’s bottom-middle portion, four Indians rest among three piles, which appear to be a maize-tilling area where new crops are harvested.
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