Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fry and Jefferson Map of Virginia

Drawn by surveyors Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson, this map was the pre-eminent cartographic representation of Virginia during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The map was commissioned by the Board of Trade in 1748 in order to determine the extent of Virginia's western settlement and possible French encroachment on English claims. It is the first reasonably accurate map of the colony to show the various ranges of the Allegheny Mountains and the potential connections of the James and Potomac Rivers with the westward flowing tributaries of the Ohio.


A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole province of Maryland with part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina.
Contributor Names
Fry, Joshua, approximately 1700-1754.
Jefferson, Peter, 1708-1757, joint author.
Jefferys, Thomas, -1771.
Created / Published
London, Thos. Jefferys [1755]
Subject Headings
-  Virginia--Maps--Early works to 1800
-  Maryland--Maps--Early works to 1800
-  Middle Atlantic States--Maps--Early works to 1800
-  United States--Virginia
-  United States--Maryland
-  United States--Middle Atlantic States
-  Scale ca. 1:650,000.
-  Hand colored.
-  Prime meridian: Philadelphia and Curratuck Inlet.
-  Relief shown pictorially.
-  "To the Right Honourable, George Dunk Earl of Halifax ..."
-  LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 1428
-  Includes distance chart added by "J. Dalrymple, London Jany. ye. 1st. 1755."
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
-  Vault
-  AACR2
col. map 77 x 124 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
G3880 1755 .F72
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu
Digital Id
Library of Congress Control Number
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Library of Congress Online Catalog
Copy and photo from Before Lewis ad Clark- Lewis & Clark Revealing of America (Library of Congress) here.

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