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Virginiae / partis australis, / et Floridae partis / orientalis, interjacentiumaq(ue) regionum / Nova Descriptio [verso], 1649


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This is a collection of 48 maps and related images, the gift of Henry and Kaye Spalding, Jr., Class of 1960. The maps focus on the Chespeake Bay, the body of water that enabled the settlement and development of the state of Virginia. They depict the area between the years of 1590 and 1860, and are drawn by European mapmakers and, as evidenced in later works, those residing in the United States of America.


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.


From the Collection: 90.8 Megabytes (59 total images. Resized digital scans of the Spalding Collection maps are available through the Hampden-Sydney Archives & Special Collections' Digital Repository.)

From the Collection: 48 Sheets (The original maps in the Henry and Kaye Spalding Collection are framed and displayed throughout the fourth floor of Bortz Library.)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Romance languages

From the Collection: Germanic languages

Physical Description

Amsterdam; Note: see "Related Item" field for verso of map; Published in Jansson's Atlas Novus, editions 1649 to 1649, this is State 2 of 1640, differentiated by the sea-cherub, lower left, with a tail. In the 1630s there was fierce competition between the firms of Blaeu and Hondius (to which Jansson belonged), and often they copied each other's work. This map is virtually identical to one drawn by Blaeu in ca. 1638. Differences include the longitude correctly marked 298, 299, 300 on the Jansson map (298, 299, 200 on the Blaeu map) and the latitudinal marks on the right side next to the numbers are white blocks (black blocks on the Blaeu map). Both maps were based on the Mercator-Hondius map of 1606, Virginiae Item et Floridae, which in turn was based on surveys from John White and Jacques Le Moyne. The English and French arms mark the areas of each country's influence from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to northern Florida. Place names include many of those from Smith's map, such as "Powhatan flu" for the James River, but also indicate new ones. It is the first appearance of the name Newport News ("Newport nesa"), founded in 1621, on a map. The location of gold and silver in the Appalachian mountains ("Appalatcy") is documented from sixteenth-century reports. The figures supporting the cartouche are based on the drawings of John White. --From This New Founde Lande: The Henry & Kaye Spalding Map Collection at Hampden-Sydney College, 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Hampden-Sydney College
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Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 United States
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