Odd Old Va. Maps

May 31, 2013

Bear right at the mountain-sized turkey (according to an antique map).  Off our coast on a French-made nautical chart, exaggeratedly large French warships dwarf and scare wimpy British ships.  In his new book, Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War, map expert Bill Wooldridge notices how we once pictured our own land and how the world-beyond once pictured Virginia. 

Mapping Virginia shows how the state once stretched out into what is now Ohio, and it also shows pre-Civil War era Virginias which still included the West Virginia counties.  Bill Wooldridge is a past chair of the Library of Virginia's map support group.

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