Arnoldus Montanus’ New and Unknown World (1671)

A selection of from the 125 copper engravings featured in Dutch explorer, missionary, and theologian Arnoldus Montanus’ monumental De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (1671). The rather impressive full title of the work in English reads “The New and Unknown World: or Description of America and the Southland, Containing the Origin of the Americans and South-landers, remarkable voyages thither, Quality of the Shores, Islands, Cities, Fortresses, Towns, Temples, Mountains, Sources, Rivers, Houses, the nature of Beasts, Trees, Plants and foreign Crops, Religion and Manners, Miraculous Occurrences, Old and New Wars: Adorned with Illustrations drawn from the life in America, and described by Arnoldus Montanus”. Never himself actually travelling beyond Europe, Montanus borrowed from descriptions of those who had, repeating many fantastic conceptions along the way. The same goes for the illustrations, with Montanus’ engraver-publisher Jacob van Meurs likely basing many of the images entirely from descriptions alone (note the unicorn in the fifth picture down).

The Library of Congress and National Library of Netherlands
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  • BeautifulOracleGoddessofBlack


  • kgirl33

    The ORIGINAL Americans are NOT the so called White/Asiatic Native Americans you see today. The ORIGINAL Americans are the people known as African American.

    • DE

      How very racist of you.

      • kgirl33

        Racist? Do you even know the definition? Racist…No. Speaking the truth….YES.

        • DE

          Disparaging comments about Native-Americans being “fake” made without proof and all to support some African Supremacist narrative….yeah, very much racist.

          • Jay All Day

            Typical western perspective and education which only goes back to 1776 lol

          • Andrew Wyche

            Bravura ☝

          • DE

            Oh yeah, Herodotus, Plato, and Sun Tsu were totally written after 1776.

          • Truthspeak

            Herodotus describe the jews being black so why dont you know that 1776..Also senator Scott Benson of Alabama got in trouble for telling people the aborigines are black

          • Jr

            DE you should study more diligently. No disrespect intended.

          • Ibc Inc

   she’s right, you people really dont have any real history here besides the time when the whites brought you from alaska as a means to kick the indigenous off our land. and now they’re coming full force with this out of africa BS….. BUT we arent buying it anymore…. we are all waking up!!