North America 1500-1900


After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

The Medici collect the Americas













Anna Pottery, Snake Jug, c. 1865, stoneware with painted decoration, 31.75 x 21.11 x 22.07 cm (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
The makers of this ostentatious ceramic jug used images from popular satire to poke fun at the Civil War politics.

Anna Pottery, Snake jug









Mexico after independence
Revolutionary priests and an ex-member of the Spanish military led a charge for independence and equality for some.

Mexican Independence