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James Madison, A Map of Virginia, 1807


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, (1749–1812). A Map of Virginia: Formed from Actual Surveys, and the Latest as well as the Most Accurate Observations, 1807. G3880 1807 .M3. Archives Research Services, Map Collection, Library of Virginia.


Social Studies: VS.2a, VS.2b, VS.2c, VS.1i,  USI.8b
Art: 4.18, 4.19, 5.18, 5.19

Suggested Questions

Current Connections: How are the counties of Virginia on this map different than they are today? Why might they be different? What towns do you see on here, and where are they? Where are there not as many towns?

Analyze: Look at the landscape drawing of Richmond (upper right corner).  How does James Madison portray Richmond?  What features (buildings, transportation, etc.) do you see?  What do you think the word "metropolis" means?  Why would he call it the "metropolis of Virginia"?


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