A New Map of Virginia, from the Best Authorities, from the London Magazine

Engraver Thomas Kitchin British
Printer Robert Baldwin, London British

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This is one of a series of maps that England's first literary periodical, the London Magazine, published during the French and Indian War (1754-63). That extended conflict between Britain and France for control of the Eastern Great Lakes and Canada stimulated interest in accurate descriptions of Britain's American colonies. Virginia appears here at center, bordered by Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina with Virginia's western boundary reflecting Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson's important 1753 map. On the Middle Fork of the Holston River near Abingdon, S. Stahlmaker's farm is indicated, while in West Virginia the homestead of J. Keeny appears at the junction of the Green Briar and New Rivers, homesteads reported in 1755 as those farthest to the west. A boundary established with the Six Nations in 1722 is shown within the Appalachians.

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