Early depictions of America as a woman appeared well before the 17C. On 16C maps, ceramics, prints, sculptures, and paintings, America was depicted as fierce bare-breasted Indian queen often adorned in feathers. Gradually, as the British American colonies began to flourish, the female image of America evolved into a graceful Indian princess occasionally accompanied by a fearsome rattlesnake or alligator. Eventually some came to identify the Indian princess as the unruly daughter of Britannia, the symbol of Great Britain.Krummelsches Haus, built in 1674, Wernigerode, Germany. Here a female America rides a crocodile.