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“A mapp of Virginia discovered to ye hills, and in it’s latt. from 35 deg. & 1/2 neer Florida to 41 deg. bounds of New England”; originally published in 1651 by John Farrer, a representative of the Virginia Company, this 1667 edition was issued by Farrer’s daughter, Virginia. It perpetuates the notion that the Pacific Ocean lay just across the Allegheny Mountains — separated by a narrow strip of land that could be traversed in but a “ten days marche.” The cartographic propaganda linked Sir Francis Drake’s 1577 landing in New Albion (Point Reyes, California) with the recently settled Virginia colony, thereby substantiating English claims to the breadth of the North American continent.

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