Inside the Vault: Maps of Colonial America

While colonial era maps of North America are often inaccurate representations of the geography, they do give us insight into how Europeans viewed the Western Hemisphere. Early Dutch, French, and Spanish maps record waterways, land features, trading routes, and names of Indigenous communities and often feature interesting graphics. In the August 26, 2021 session of Inside the Vault, Dr. Andrew Robertson, Associate Professor of History at City University New York; Daniel Jocz, 2018 California History Teacher of the Year; and Hannah Ryan, Resident Broadway Director of Hamilton, join us as we answer the question: What can we learn from these resources?

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Classroom-ready resources for the documents presented

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  • L’amerique septentrionale, Johann Baptiste Nolin, 1700s ca.: 3:06–10:32
  • Carte de la Louisiane, Guillaume de L’isle, 1712: 24:28–37:15
  • Partie meridionale de la Riviere de Mississippi, Nicolas de Fer, 1718: 37:16–43:08
  • Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae, Nicholas Visscher, 1682: 46:22–57:31
  • Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii, Matthaeus Seutter, 1730: 57:32–1:16:37