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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas

Jay I. Kislak Foundation
Georg Horn,
De originibus americanis...

The Hague: Adrian Vlacq, 1652.

Who were the Americans really? To ask that question in the 17th century was to venture into genealogy. Where did they come from? Who were their ancestors? How did they fit into the Genesis narrative? How did they get from the Old World to the New? Horn's text, shown here in its only edition, was probably the most ambitious attempt to answer this latter question, arguing that the only way the Indians could have reached the Americas was via the Bering Strait.

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