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Maps and Articles
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The “Zuñiga Chart” of Virginia, 1608
Reproduction only for non-commercial use.
First published in 1890 as a keyed drawing, item LVII in volume 1 of Alexander Brown’s The Genesis of the United States. Map notations A., B., etc. have been added by Brown.
THIS MS. CHART
OF VIRGINIA is believed to have been one of the sources for the 1610/11 map of
North America (or “Velasco Map”). In his interesting and detailed gloss of
the 1608 Zuñiga chart (see below),
Alexander Brown describes the connections between this chart and the Velasco
map of 1610/11, both of which provided valuable intelligence not only for the
Virginia Company and English court, but for the Spanish court as well.
Of note, Brown
surmises that this English chart also proved useful to the Dutch, here
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