Native American Village of Secoton
Hand-colored version of Theodor de Bry’s engraving depicting the American Indian town of Secota. De Bry’s engraving, “The Tovvne of Secota,” was originally published as an illustration in Thomas Hariot’s 1588 book A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.
A wide foot path extends from the center foreground of the image to the background. Several people stand and kneel in the middle of the path. To the left and right of the path, and in the background, are buildings and agricultural fields. In the bottom right corner of the image, several Indians are dancing in a circle, similar to the one seen in de Bry’s engraving entitled “Their Dances Which They Use at Their High Feasts.”
Theodor de Bry was a Flemish-born engraver and publisher who based his illustrations for Hariot’s book on the New World paintings of colonist John White. These depictions of the landscapes and residents of North Carolina provided Europeans with some of their earliest notions of what the North American continent looked like. An unidentified artist applied the color to this version of de Bry’s engraving, apparently without having seen John White’s original watercolor painting, “Indian Village of Secoton.”