Map of the western parts of the colony of Virginia, as far as the Mississipi
- Map of the western parts of the colony of Virginia, as far as the Mississipi
A young George Washington kept a journal of his activities during his mission to the Ohio region in 1753. The journal was published in Willamsburg in 1754, and copies were sent to London-based publisher Thomas Jefferys who published the work, along with this map, in 1754. As this map was not included in the original Williamsburg edition, Jefferys may have based his geography on the western portion of Joshua Fry's and Peter Jefferson's preliminary work for their landmark map of Virginia.
We Are One: The London edition of George Washington’s journal, which recorded his 1753 military reconnaissance to Fort Duquesne and the Ohio River Valley, included this map of western Virginia and Pennsylvania. British General Edward Braddock led his unsuccessful 1755 campaign through this area at the beginning of the French and Indian War. The well-trained British troops, which included the young Washington, were soundly defeated by smaller, less-disciplined French and Indian forces at the Battle of the Monongahela. With Braddock and other British officers killed or severely wounded, Washington helped lead the retreat. Battle experience like this helped prepare him for leadership during the Revolutionary War.
- George Washington's Mount Vernon
- Collection (local):
Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon
Washington's Expedition to the Ohio, 1st, 1753-1754--Maps--Early works to 1800
Indians of North America--United States--Maps--Early works to 1800
Virginia--Maps--Early works to 1800
- 1 map : hand col. ; 24 x 36 cm.
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Williamsburgh printed, Reprinted for T. Jefferys
Scale [ca. 1:4,300,000]
Shows rivers, towns, forts, and indian villages in the Colony of Virginia.
Relief shown pictorially.
Prime meridians: London and Ferro.
In The journal of Major George Washington (London : Williamsburgh printed, Reprinted for T. Jefferys, 1754)..
This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=41.
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2015.