John Smith's Map of Virginia

John Smith had a remarkable career in the early years of the Virginia colony being abducted, rescued and exploring vast distances in often hostile territory. He produced this remarkable map just as Virginia had found an economic rationale with the cultivation of tobacco. The map and a means of making money excited and inspired further waves of colonists and settlers to cross the Atlantic and try to make their fortunes. The term 'Virginia' soon became a term synonymous with opportunity.

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by Stephen Luscombe