January 20, 2023

Guided Primary Source Analysis: El Mosquito Americano

Last Updated on November 12, 2019

El mosquito americano

Posada, José Guadalupe, Antonio Vanegas Arroyo (Firm). “El mosquito americano.” Between 1910 and 1913. Medium: 1 print on yellow colored paper : zinc engraving. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Look closely at the illustration. What can you determine about this broadside from the art? What more do you learn from the summary of this primary source? Do you think the illustration supports the summary? Why or why not?

Look at both the front and back of this broadside. How does each stanza end? Why do you think the creator might have chosen this pattern?

Do you think this broadside literally refers to an insect invasion the United States? Why or why not? Learn more.

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

El mosquito americano reverse


  1. Joe Herrmann says

    If a teacher is without Social Studies materials, they could use TPS daily as a substantial source of content. Today’s lesson is a great example. Not only is it informative and interesting, but it has cool subobjectives of connecting to the associated links and the use of imagery in addition to the content.

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