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The John White map, 1585, was the first map to be exclusiviely devoted to Virginia and to show the area with any deree of accuracy and detail. It also was the first map to name the Chesapeake Bay and to illustrate Sir Walter Raleigh’s ill-fated Roanoke colony, where White was Governor in 1587.The orientation of the map illustrates west at the top perhaps due to the early cartographer’s perception of the terrain as they looked westward. In this rare first state of the map, Chesapeake is spelled “Ehesepioc.” The map seen here is a 1590 engraving by Theodore De Bry and is commonly described as ‘that part of Ameria, now called Virginia”
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Click here for the Spring 2021 edition of the Jamestowne Society Magazine.
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Jamestowne Society recognized as $150,000 donor to Jamestown Rediscovery in support of ongoing archaeology in and around the 1907 Memorial Church. Click here to read more.
The Society's 2021 May Membership meeting in Williamsburg has been cancelled. We are most concerned with the health and safety of our members during this time.
National Zoom meetings will be posted on the website Events page as they are scheduled.
The Society continues processing applications during the pandemic. We welcomed 315 new members in 2020. The Society looks forward to receiving your submission.
Members of the Jamestowne Society are descended from early settlers who lived or held colonial government positions in Jamestowne, Virginia prior to 1700, or who invested in its establishment.
The Jamestowne Society was organized for educational, historical, and patriotic purposes. The Society has a range of activities, from visiting early American sites, providing an annual graduate fellowship for research on Colonial Virginia prior to 1700, funding the restoration of records, and supporting preservation of Colonial sites.
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Last Update: 12 May 2021