Maps

Land Ho! Explorers and the Age of Discovery

To the Europeans, the West was a great unknown. Many people believed that over the western sea there was nothing but darkness and danger. Yet throughout the past, travelers tried to find out what was on the other side of the water. There are very few traces of those first explorers. They lived in times when most people could not write, so stories of their discoveries were passed down as tales told around hearth fires. Sometimes they were believed, sometimes not. Russell Freedman’s Who Was First? Discovering the Americas looks at the evidence behind this puzzle.

Powhatan's Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast

By Gregory A. Waselkov, Peter H. Wood, and Tom Hatley

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Considered a classic study of southeastern Indians, Powhatan’s Mantle demonstrates how ethnohistory, demography, archaeology, anthropology, and cartography can be brought together in fresh and meaningful ways to illuminate life in the early South. In a series of provocative original essays, a dozen leading scholars show how diverse Native Americans interacted with newcomers from Europe and Africa during the three hundred years of dramatic change beginning in the early sixteenth century.
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Virginia in Maps: Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development

By Richard W. Stephenson and Marianne M. McKee

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Virginia's long and rich history is documented by thousands of maps that trace the discovery, settlement, expansion, and growth of the commonwealth, yet no comprehensive atlas of the entire state has ever been published. Virginia in Maps fills that void, providing access to more than 200 color images of the most important maps of the colony and of the state in a single, large-format volume. The atlas's five essays by leading cartographic scholars will make it an essential reference and educational tool.
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The Rappahannock River: History, Nature, Recreation

By Walter Nicklin

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A guide to the river's Civil War sites, ecology, natural history, recreation and outdoors opportunities. Has color maps, illustrations, and photographs.

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A Road Map to Middle Earth

The Fellowship of the Ring is only the first part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For those who want to explore Middle-Earth in all of its dragon's fire flash and stygian darkness, the library has the all the detailed charts and eldritch tomes an adventurer could want.

Mapping the Past

With Google's now infamous detailed photos, it's rather easy to see how a town is laid out today. But what about 50, 100, or 150 years ago? Where are the maps that show how the towns and counties grew through the years? One excellent source of information, the Sanborn fire insurance maps, is available online to our patrons at no charge.