Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Pacific Beyond the Alleghenies

Originally published in 1651 by John Farrer, a representative of the Virginia Company, this 1667 edition was issued by Farrer's daughter, Virginia. It perpetuates the notion that the Pacific Ocean lay just across the Allegheny Mountains—separated by a narrow strip of land that could be traveled in only "ten days marche." At this time, the actual distance between the two oceans was unknown, but the intention was to link Sir Francis Drake's 1577 landing in New Albion (Point Reyes, California) with the recently settled Virginia colony, thereby substantiating British claims to the breadth of the continent.

A mapp of Virginia discovered to ye hills, and in it's latt. from 35 deg. & 1/2 neer Florida to 41 deg. bounds of New England 
Contributor Names
Ferrar, John, 1590?-1657.
Farrer, Virginia, 1628-1668.
Goddard, John, active 1645-1671.
Overton, John, 1640-1708?
Created / Published
[London] : John Overton, [ca. 1667]
Subject Headings
-  Virginia--Maps--Early works to 1800
-  United States--Virginia
-  Relief shown pictorially.
-  Based on a manuscript map drawn by John Farrer.
-  Oriented with north to the right.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
-  Includes text, portrait of Sir Frances Drake, and ill.
-  Vault
1 map : hand col. ; 27 x 36 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
G3880 1667 .F3
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu
Digital Id
Library of Congress Control Number
LCCN Permalink
Library of Congress Online Catalog

The graphics on this map are amazing. The mountains, trees or animals would work on a powder horn.

Copy and photos from here. Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America Before Lewis & Clark

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