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Stock# 58771

Francis Drake on the Island of California!

Scarce image of the reception of Sir Francis Drake by the Indians of the "Island of California" in 1577.

The image appeared in Happel's Thesaurus Exoticorum, pubished in Hamburg in 1688.

The image is a curious conflation of myth and fact, as the concept of the "Island of California" did not exist in Drake's lifetime, but was the prevailing geographical conception of California in 1688, when Happel's book was published, and, of course, its unlikely that Drake's reception was remotely similar to Happel's image.