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Item 7489

Nova Anglia, Novum Belgium et Virginia

Nova Anglia, Novum Belgium et Virginia / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 38.

In 1642, Maine was known as Norumbega.

Maps at this time were usually copies of other earlier maps or consolidation of two maps.

 

Item 7491

Amerique Septentrionale

Amerique Septentrionale / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 40.

Many European governments hired explorers and mapmakers to chart land, like this map of New England in 1650, so that they could claim it for their country.

Because of this, maps were extremely valuable, and were even stolen by rival mapmakers.

 

Item 6360

Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 44.

Samuel de Champlain, one of the early explorers of North America, was called the father of New France.

 

Item 7542

St. Georges Fort plan, Phippsburg, 1607

St. Georges Fort plan, Phippsburg, 1607 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 47-48.

Popham Colony was built entirely within Fort St. George.

Colonists saw Indians as a threat, but also had conflicts with the French who considered the land theirs.

Armaments are aimed at the water as well as the land outside the fort.

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Item 7540

Map of the New England Coast, 1610

Map of the New England Coast, 1610 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 50-51.

A true copy of a 1610 map of the American coast clearly shows early coastal Maine when it was known as Norumbega and just before John Smith was dispatched to explore the area.

 

Item 7490

Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova, ca. 1635

Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova, ca. 1635 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 2, page 52-53.

The cartouche, or key, of this map shows an early European depiction of American Indians.

Maps like these usually were generated from earlier maps and thus would be similar to ones used by earlier explorers.

 

 

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