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Rereading Theodore De Bry's Black Legend

Patricia Gravatt

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0012
Rereading Theodore De Bry's Black Legend

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This chapter examines Dutchman Theodore de Bry's work titled America which became a major purveyor of images of the New World for Europeans. It explains that Bry's book is generally assumed to be a major source of the Black Legend because it offered visual proof that Spain had profoundly abrogated its human responsibilities in the conquest of the Americas. This chapter also mentions that many critics of the twentieth century believed that American was a Protestant propaganda.

Keywords: America; Theodore de Bry; New World; Black Legend; Spain; human responsibilities; Protestant propaganda

Chapter.  6833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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