1612 John Smith Virginia Map – Discovered and Discribed by Captaiynt John Smith . . . 1606

1612/1624 John Smith Map of Virginia

John Smith 1612/1624 Virginia Map of Incredible Rarity

An incredible map where the likeness is displayed in many historical parks, public museums and societies.  Few of the many prominent museums, library collections and well established universities own an original, genuine copy.  As Philip Burden, a map specialist and researcher of high regard, noted in his publication and studies One of the most important printed maps of America ever produced and certainly one of the greatest influence. It became the prototype for the (Virginia and Chesapeake Bay) area for half a century until Augustine Herrman’s map of 1673. First issued separately in London, it accompanied many editions of various publications for another twenty years. It, therefore, was seen widely and inspired much interest in the fledgling Virginia colony, influencing considerably its eventual success.

In 1606, Captain John Smith was sent by the London Company to establish the Jamestown Colony (Settlement).  Between 1607 and 1609, he explored the major rivers which flowed west into the Chesapeake Bay, recording the names of Native American villages and the tribes he encountered during his exploration.   In 1608, Smith and 14 others were sent by the London Company to survey and seek passage to the West in according to the company sponsoring the Jamestown Colony.

John Smith’s returned to England in 1609,  William Hole was asked to engrave a map, first appearing in Joseph Barnes’ booklet in 1612. It appeared again in 1624 in his landmark publication, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles. In 1625, it was included in Purchas His Pilgrimes.

The map shows various Native American villages, which is used widely for exploration even to this day as it was during Jamestown.



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