Brian DeLaylink Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, is the author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (2008). His research concentrates on connections between independent native peoples and the interlocked histories of American nation states.
"Watson and the Shark"
a 1778 oil-on-canvas painting by John
Singleton Copley. It depicts the rescue
of Brook Watson from a shark attack in
Havana, Cuba. The painting was the
topic of disussion atProfessor DeLay's
lecture on material culture. Click on image for a larger view.