Thomas Campanius Holm, frontpiece to Description of the Province of New Sweden, Now Called, by the English, Pennsylvania, in America, 1702.
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Thomas Campanius Holm, frontpiece to Swedes and Indians in New Sweden, 1702.

Credit: Image courtesy of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

In this 1702 engraving, Swedish artist Thomas Campanius Holm depicted a friendly exchange between local Indians and traders in New Sweden, on the Delaware River. Holm, who never visited North America, based his fanciful image – including palm trees– upon descriptions written by his grandfather, who had lived in New Sweden in the 1640s.

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