US colony of Virginia, 1590 map

US colony of Virginia, 1590 map

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Caption: US colony of Virginia, 16th century map. North is at right. The map goes from Cape Fear (left) to Chesapeake Bay (right), and is labelled with the location of indigenous tribes in the area. Known as the White-de Bry map of Virginia, this map was published by Theodore de Bry in 1590, but is based on an earlier map from 1585 by John White. It was published with Thomas Harriot's A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, and was the first printed map to show an area of the USA to this level of detail. White was part of a company sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to establish an English colony on Roanoke Island (lower centre), at the mouth of Albemarle Sound. Sir Walter Raleigh and the English Queen, Elizabeth I, are mentioned in the Latin text at upper right.

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