View of Santo Domingo under Siege, 1585-1586


This hand-colored engraved plate by Johann Theodor de Bry (born in Liège in 1561, died in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1623), is from the German edition of de Bry’s Grands voyages (Great voyages), an enterprise begun by de Bry’s father, Theodor de Bry (1528–98). The work ultimately consisted of ten illustrated volumes on the colonization of the Americas. This 1599 engraving is a bird's-eye panoramic view showing the city, harbor, and river of Santo Domingo (present-day Dominican Republic), with the fleet of the English privateer Sir Francis Drake at anchor. To the left, troops are being landed and are marching in formation to mount an attack on the city walls. The episode depicted took place in 1586, early in the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585–1604, when Drake captured Santo Domingo from the Spanish and held it for ransom. The engraving is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library

Last updated: January 8, 2018