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John Smith’s map of Jamestown published in 1612
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John Smith’s map of Jamestown published in 1612

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A small poster showing an early map of Jamestown, Virginia first published in 1612 discovered and described by Captain John Smith and engraved by William Hole.

As described by the National Park Service:

Captain John Smith created the first detailed map of the Chesapeake Region. His masterpiece map of Virginia, published in 1612, remained in active use for seven decades and opened this part of North American to European exploration, settlement, and trade. The geographical accuracy is astounding given that Smith traveled about 2,500 miles in a series of short expeditions and had only primitive mapmaking tools to work with.

“The map shows . . .

  • The first detailed map of the Chesapeake Bay and what is now Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.
  • The shoreline, rivers, tributaries, bays, and islands he visited on his voyages.
  • More than 200 Indian towns and their names.
  • Illustrations of Powhatan, a paramount Chief, and of a Susquehannock Indian described as the "goodliest man we ever beheld.
  • Culmination of 20 separate trips during Smith's stay in Virginia. (Source: NPS)
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    “Smith's map records not only the geographic features of the Chesapeake, but also its cultural aspects, including more than 200 Indian towns. Many of the place names remain in use today.“

    John Smith was careful to distinguish between places he had seen and those he learned about from the Native Americans. On his map, he used cross symbols to indicate the boundaries of the areas he had seen for himself. He have this explanation of the crosses shown on the 1612 map: ‘. . .  in which map observe this: that as far as you see the little crosses on rivers, mountains, or other places, have been discovered; the rest was had by information of the savages, and are set down according to their instructions.’”

    This remained the most influential map of Virginia until the last quarter of the 17th century and many of the place names used by Smith remain in use.

    Founded in 1607, the Jamestown settlement in the Colony of Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

    Size: 11" x 8.5”

    This print is a part of our "History Lover" Small poster and print collection with 8 bestselling prints and posters and where you can save as much as $20.

    Also available, the "Mayflower passengers and those who survived the first year" in a large poster and a smaller, foldout print.

    About the paper weight and printing process: Printed on a 10 pt. Cardstock matte using standard inks. (This makes it much more affordable than an archival print, archival inks on archival paper.)

     

     


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    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    XS 17 27 9
    Small 19 28 9.25
    Medium 20.5 29 9.5
    Large 22 30 9.75
    XL 23.5 31 10
    2XL 25 32 10.25
    3XL 28 33 10.5
    4XL 30 34 10.75

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Short-sleeves

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 38 28 9.25
    Medium 41 29 9.5
    Large 44 30 9.75
    XL 47 31 10
    2XL 50 32 10.25
    3XL 56 33 10.5

     Long-sleeves

    Size Chest Body Length
    Small 38 28
    Medium 41 29
    Large 44 30
    XL 48 31
    2XL 52 32

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 20 26.5 24.38
    Medium 22 27.5 24.63
    Large 24 28.5 24.25
    XL 26 29.5 24
    2XL 28 30 23.75
    3XL 30 30.5 23.5

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 15.75 26.5 6.38
    Medium 16.75 27 6.63
    Large 17.75 27.5 6.88
    XL 19.25 28 7.13
    2XL 20.75 28.5 7.38

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Body Width Body Length
    XS 15.6 26.5
    Small 16.1 26.75
    Medium 17.25 27.25
    Large 18.38 27.88
    XL 19.88 28.5
    2XL 21.38 29.13

     

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 19 28 9.25
    Medium 20.5 29 9.5
    Large 22 30 9.75
    XL 24 31 10
    2XL 26 32 10.25
    3XL 28 33 10.5

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    XS 14 19 6.5
    Small 15.5 20.5 6.75
    Medium 17 22 7
    Large 18.5 23.5 7.25
    XL 20 25 7.5

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 18 28 8.13
    Medium 20 29 8.38
    Large 22 30 8.63
    XL 24 31 8.88
    2XL 26 33 9.63
    3XL 28 34 10.13
    4XL 30 35 10.63
    5XL 32 36 11.13
    6XL 34 37 9.75

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Body Width Body Length
    XS 12.5 23.5
    Small 13.5 24
    Medium 15.5 25
    Large 17.5 26
    XL 19.5 27
    2XL 21.5 28

     

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    Small 16.5 26.5 24.625
    Medium 17.5 27 25
    Large 18.5 27.5 25.375
    XL 20 28 25.75
    2XL 21.5 28.5 26.5

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

    Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
    XS 11.5 19 3.75
    Small 12.5 20 4
    Medium 13.5 21 4.25
    Large 15 23 4.5
    XL 16.5 25 4.75

    Measurement Notes:
    Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

    Care Instructions:
    Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.