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VISIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN

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John Ogilby, 1600-1676.
Flora and Fauna of the Netherlands Antilles.
London: Printed by the author, 1671.

Artists' attempts to illustrate the varied flora and fauna of the New World for curious European audiences sometimes resulted in fanciful representations. When relying on verbal descriptions from travelers and their own imagination, artists often produced images that were both awesome and amusing.

This print is from John Ogilby's America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World (1671). Ogilby copied the images from Arnoldus Montanus's De Nieuwe en onbekende weereld (Amsterdam, 1671).

Image no. 2004-201-2

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