Map of Colonial Virginia

 

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Colonial Virginia Map

Map of Colonial Virginia

This is an original map created in 1758 which shows the thirteen original colonies, including colonial Virginia. Virginia is the red and yellow region on the lower portion of the map. The map shows the terrain, rivers, towns and villages in the area in colonial times.

The map was made at a time when tensions between the Colonies and England were running very high. The map has this interesting note on it:

"Were there nothing at stake between the crown of Great Britain and France but the Lands of the Ohio, we may reckon it as a great Prize as has ever been contended for between two Nations. For this Country is of that vast Extent Westward as to exceed in good Land all the European Dominions of Great Britain, France, and Spain, which are almost destitute of Inhabitants. It is impossible to conceive that had his Majesty been made Acquainted with its value and great importance, the large strides the French have been making for several Years past in their encroachments  on his Dominions that his Majesty would sacrifice one of the best Gems in his Crown to their Usurpation and Boundless Ambition"

The map includes a view of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: Of Aquanishuonigy the country of the Confederate Indians comprehending Aquanishuonigy proper, their places of residence, Ohio and Tuchsochruntie their deer hunting countries, Couchsachrage and Skaniadarade, their beaver hunting countries, of the Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Champlain, ... exhibiting the antient and present seats of the Indian nations. Published by Lewis Evans at Philadelphia; corrected and improved with the addition of the line of forts on the back settlements, by Thomas Jefferys.

 

 

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