Size: 50 x 50 cm
Medium: Woodcut and collage on paper
Description: Columbus’ ship that was looking for a shorter route to Asia or “the Indies” encountered the Antillean islands. There, the Taínos offered gold to the Europeans in exchange for glass beads, fabrics and other european objects. Columbus wrote to the Catholic Kings about the possible existence of gold mines in the islands but he never found them. His stories about the richness of the “Indies islands” spread throughout Europe and motivated the ravaging search for El Dorado.