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Cummings describes this early North Carolina map as "one of the most beautifully executed maps ever made of the Southeast.  In detail and in general conception it surpasses all earlier maps of the region."  It was first published in 1606.  

Hondius drew on various sources for his map: John White's map, which was the first to present Virginia on its own; and Le Moyne, who drew not only on the information of the French explorers, but also on the Indians which was, at times, notoriously unreliable. He also drew on Ortelius and Wytfliet.

This cartographic compromise led to the continuation of some misconceptions: the north westerly flow of the River May and the placing of a great lake at its source was a mistake that was to last for well over one hundred years.   Many European cartographers followed this map, sometimes increasing its errors without adding to its good qualities.






North Carolina Antique Map Gallery


Its Spring and

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John Lawson's Trek Through the Carolinas 

In 1709 



The News & Observer


An Op-Ed I recently wrote



Archibald D. Murphy

And the improvement of North Carolina in 1815


Penguins and Parrots in North Carolina?


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