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back . FRY- JEFFERSON MAP of VIRGINIA
Early Map of Virgina showing the western portion of the state and early roads
This map is one of the most famous of American maps, and the finest 18th century map of VA and MD. The map was commissioned by the English Lords of Trade as part of the comprehensive mapping of the British colonies undertaken in the middle of the 18th century. The surveyors were Peter Jefferson, Thomas' father, and Joshua Fry, a mathematician at the College of William and Mary and Thomas Jefferson's tutor. The map was based on their own surveys of the interior together with other first-hand information. Fry and Jefferson finished their map in 1751 and then revised it a few years later to incorporate information from John Dalrymple and others concerning the western part of the colony. The resulting map was by the far the best of Virginia to date and the first to accurately map beyond the Chesapeake Bay region and into the Appalachian mountains. This map was thus a watershed in the history of the mapping of Virginia and remained the prototype for the region for the 2nd half of the century. Not only was it the first map to show the western parts of the colony, but it was the first to depict the road system in the colony. Right click on the map and select 'View' to enlarge it.



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