CARTE / DE LA / VIRGINIE / MARI-LAND &a / Tirée des meilleures Cartes Angloises

This map extends from 36°45' to 40°15' north latitude and from 75° to 82°30' west longitude from the meridian of Paris. It was probably based on Robert de Vaugondy’s 1755 copy of the Fry & Jefferson map, and published in Le Petit Atlas Maritime (Paris, 1764) issued by Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772), a productive cartographer in Paris. An inscription at the upper right reads “Tome I. No 35.”
“Ft Cumberland ou de la Compag d’Oyo” at the western side of this map would have interested those following the course of the French and Indian Wars. “Charles Town détruite” in southern Maryland refers to the small town that served as the seat of Prince George’s County from 1695 until 1732, when the seat was moved to Upper Marlboro (not shown on this map). London, near Annapolis, refers to London Town (or Londontowne), a once thriving seaport established in 1683. A town on the Virginia side of the Potomac River is termed “Belhaven ou Alexandrie.”
Ref: P. Lee Phillips, “Virginia Cartography,” Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 37 (1898).
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paper (overall material)
overall: 13 in x 19 in; 33.02 cm x 48.26 cm
overall: 13 in x 19 in; 33.02 cm x 48.26 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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