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A Map of the country between Albemarle Sound
Original Author: Thomas Jefferson, mapmaker; S. J. Neele, engraver; John Stockdale, publisher
Created: 1787
Medium: Hand-colored engraving

A Map of the country between Albemarle Sound, and Lake Erie, comprehending the whole of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, with parts of several other of the United States of America.

This foldout map is from Thomas Jefferson's copy of the first London edition of Notes on the State of Virginia, published in 1787. Titled A Map of the country between Albemarle Sound, and Lake Erie, comprehending the whole of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, with parts of several other of the United States of America, the map gives a detailed rendering of the waterways, mountains, counties, and other geographic features in that region. Virginia's border extends all the way to the Ohio River in this map. Jefferson divided the western lands beyond Virginia into five states: "Kentuckey," "Franklan" (present-day Tennessee), and three other areas designated as "A New State." Jefferson prepared this map and based it on several earlier ones: the Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia, co-authored by his father, Peter Jefferson, and first published in 1753; William Scull's 1770 map of Pennsylvania; and Thomas Hutchins's A New Map of the Western Parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina, published in 1778. When Jefferson sent his map to the engraver in London, he included those older maps for reference. He also sent Henry Mouzon's map of North Carolina, published in 1775. At upper right, Jefferson's new map is described as being based on the older ones, though "additions have been made where they could be made on sure ground."

Citation: Notes on the State of Virginia. A 1787 .J45. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

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