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Early mapmakers (cartographers) depicted the New World based on maps drawn from coastal explorations, land travels, and even information heard word of mouth from American Indians or from colonists or traders.  They used symbols, pictures, and other…

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer that was granted a charter by Queen Elizabeth I to explore the New World. His team landed on Roanoke Island in 1584 and the crew quickly set about befriending the local Native Americans, two of whom returned…

This map, one of several created by engraver Theodor de Bry, depicts the coastal region from Cape Fear (North Carolina) to the Chesapeake Bay. The map includes the names and locations of Indian settlements and was oriented so that west was at the top…

This map, one of several created by engraver Theodor de Bry, depicts North and South America based on information gleaned from expedition surveys and personal accounts from explorers. Four famous explorers, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci,…

This map is attributed to Captain John Smith (1580-1631) and is one of the earliest representations of Virginia. It was one of the first maps to be published in Europe that accurately depicted the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coastline. It also…

This world map was created by Gerhard Mercator (1512–1594) and published in 1607. It shows both western and eastern hemispheres, split into two circular halves, and includes latitude and longitude lines as a locational grid. Citation: Mercator,…

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…

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…

This painting depicts Thomas West, the twelfth baron De la Warr. De la Warr  was appointed by King James I in 1606 to be part of the royal council that oversaw the Virginia Company of London. He remained in England, where he helped monitor things…

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…
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