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In December 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent which was ratified by Congress in February 1815 and officially ended what came to be known as the War of 1812. As part of this treaty, England agreed to turn over to…

This map of Salem focuses heavily on Roanoke College which was founded in 1853 and sat on twenty acres of land within the city. Julius Dreher, Roanoke's third president, was an early leader in seeking to increase the college's internationalism. From…

Long associated with coal mining, southwestern Virginia has an impressive list of other industries and endeavors. Salt, farming, timber, lead, tobacco, copper, gypsum, and iron have played a role in the "Mountain Empire's" industrial and economic…

Western Virginia's mineral-spring resorts were extremely popular in the nineteenth century. Travelers from throughout the United States, but especially from the South, visited the resorts, taking the "cure" and enjoying the bucolic rural landscapes…

This document is a 1749 land survey that George Washington did for Edward Hogan as part of his job as the county surveyor for Culpeper County, which was then newly created. Washington was all of seventeen years of age when he took on this job,…

This document is a map of Africa that was published by Gerhard Mercator in 1607. Mercator was a cartographer of great renown and he was very well known for his world map Typus Orbis Terrarum. While quite detailed and relatively correct in shape, it…

This broadside is a criticism of actions of the Democratic Party in the 1830s. The author lists off pro-black policies and actions, including a Democratic Vice President having a spouse of partial African ancestry, in an attempt to discredit the…

By the 17th century, England was one of the leading powers involved in trade. Wealthy merchants created a number of companies to set up trade and exploration throughout the world. Each company was made up of individuals who would purchase shares of…

Antonio Sansone was born in 1856 in Termini Imerese, Sicily, and immigrated to the United States in 1880.  By 1899, he had established Antonio Sansone & Company, a wholesale dealer of fruit located on East Main Street, near the city market, in…

This map shows Virginia as it was in the early 1800s, when many people were beginning to move from the fairly settled eastern shore into the western parts of the state. It was surveyed under the supervision of James Madison.Citation: Madison, James,…
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