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A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman's Chesapeake

Christian J. Koot
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, [2018]
Language
English
Variant Title
Augustine Herrman's Chesapeake
ISBN
9781479837298, 1479837296
Summary
Reveals the little known history of one of history's most famous maps - and its maker Tucked away in a near-forgotten collection, Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial British America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman, the map pictures the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. Herrman spent three decades travelling between Dutch New Amsterdam and the English Chesapeake before eventually settling in Maryland and making this map. Although the map has been reproduced widely, the history of how it became one of the most famous images of the Chesapeake has never been told. A Biography of a Map in Motion uncovers the intertwined stories of the map and its maker, offering new insights into the creation of empire in North America. The book follows the map from the waterways of the Chesapeake to the workshops of London, where it was turned into a print and sold. Transported into coffee houses, private rooms, and government offices, Virginia and Maryland became an apparatus of empire that allowed English elites to imaginatively possess and accurately manage their Atlantic colonies. Investigating this map offers the rare opportunity to recapture the complementary and occasionally conflicting forces that created the British Empire.
Description
xiii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original green cloth; dust jacket. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2017/2018.
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