A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole of the province of Maryland with part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina.
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This is the first printed map of Virginia to be prepared and authored by Virginians. Perhaps even more import than the citizenship were the attainments and personal experiences of its authors, Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson. Both men were land surveyors with an abundance of first hand experience throughout both the frontier and settled regions of their home colony.
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and son of one of the members of the surveying team of Fry and Jefferson, “they possessed excellent materials for so much of the country as is below the blue ridge; little being then known beyond the ridge.” [Extract from a foreward to North America at the Time of the Revolution: A Collection of Eighteenth Century Maps – Part II, by Louis de Vorsay Jr, published by Harry Margary.]
This important map also forms part of the 18th Century North America – Part 2 collection.