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Supporters of a Virginia colony, such as John Smith, had to convince Virginia Company investors of the potential payoff, even after initial investment for the 1607 voyage. To do so, they produced writings, images, and maps illustrating possible sources of wealth in Virginia. One such source is this map, created by John Smith and published in 1612, which was introduced in the Virginia Geography module. Here, Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith analyzes the map and what it tells us about the English explorers’ expectations.

Source: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, John Smith Map: The English Prespective (Fairfax, VA, 2010), accessed September 19, 2011. Full video and lesson in Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Loudoun County Public Schools, “Source Analysis: John Smith Map” Foundations of U.S. History, accessed September 16, 2011.


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