Celebrated for their rarity, historical importance, and beauty, the
maps of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in the collection of the
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation provide an invaluable resource for
the history of settlement in America. In the colonies, maps were
essential in facilitating trade and travel, substantiating land
claims, and settling boundary disputes. Today, knowing exactly what
maps were owned and used during the period gives us a much richer
understanding of the aspirations of early Americans.
This large, handsome volume -- a carefully researched cultural
investigation -- examines how maps were made and marketed, why
people here and abroad purchased them, what they reveal about the
emerging American nation, and why they were so significant to the
individuals who owned them. Among the rare or unique examples
included here are several maps that have never before been
published. A must for map collectors and historians, this book will
also be treasured by the millions who travel each year to Colonial
Williamsburg to celebrate their American heritage.
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