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Prejudice Behind the Beauty              Maps are cultural, historical, and political texts. They show not only geographic characteristics and details, but they also reveal information about the state of the world at the time in which…

The Map of Spain and Portugal                 When you look at the map of Spain and Portugal for the first time, you can see the effort that the cartographer put into each aspect. The map contains many details that the cartographer drew…

The Atrocities Committed by the Spanish Crown Against the Indigenous AmericansBartolomé de Las Casas, a defender of indigenous people’s rights, wrote a book about the atrocities committed against a group of indigenous people in the West Indies.…

The Catalogs of the Spanish CrownThe Catalogs of the Spanish Crown are kept in the royal library and exhibit ancient Mexican art as well as the Náhuatl language. The works of Doctor Gemelli Careri and his studies are included in these catalogs.…

A Controversial Map in the New World             Herman Moll was born in Holland in 1654 but lived in England for the rest of his life until he died in 1732. He moved to London in 1678 and opened his own map shop in 1689. He spent most of his…

The Content and Implications of the Pan-American Trip to Virginia                    This photograph is from a Pan-American trip to Virginia that occurred in 1925. The Richmond Times-Dispatch originally published it on the first page as…

This document is a photograph of a monument erected on Jamestown Island in 1907. It recognizes the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Virginia colony, which met from July 30 to August 4, 1619 in a church building close to the monument’s…

Pocahontas (also known as Matoaka, Amonute, and Rebecca) was an Indian and one of the daughters of Indian chief Powhatan. She is known for a historical anecdote where she reportedly saved the life of the English explorer John Smith in 1607, during…

This document shows a photograph, taken in 1939, of one of the monuments that stands in Charlottesville, Virginia, dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Named after its leaders, Virginia natives Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the Lewis…

The success of Southwest Virginia's coalfields—lying in Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties—is inexorably linked to the expansion of railroads and to northern capital. After the Civil War, rail companies expanded…
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