John Smith's Coat of Arms
Original Author: William Hole, engraver
Created: Published 1624
Medium: Engraving

John Smith’s Coat of Arms

A detail from Captain John Smith's map of Virginia published in his book The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles (1624) depicts Smith's coat of arms bearing the motto Vincere est Vivere ("To live is to conquer"). Engraved by William Hole, the John Smith map was the most comprehensive charting of the region up to that time. First printed in 1612, the original engraved copperplate of the map was altered or added to twelve times between 1612 and 1624.


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