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Description: The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes
The variety of meanings attributed to the landing of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492, on the small island that he baptized San Salvador, now known as Samana Cay, derives from the historical consequences of that event. Had Columbus and his companions disappeared in a confrontation with the natives, or if, for some other reason, the news of his “discovery” had never reached Europe, his landing would have had little significant consequence. As it happened, 1492 marked the beginning of …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.15-21

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