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Outer Banks map from 1585

By: J4yDubs
3/5/2021 10:45 AM

Saw this posted by @ncculture on Twitter and thought it was cool. Hatorask...

"Hand-colored view of the coast of North Carolina at the time of the first attempt at a British settlement in North America, 1585. The map shows the Outer Banks and coast of North Carolina from the modern Virginia border south to Cape Fear. The Native American villages of Secotan and Weapemeoc are depicted, as well as many others. There are many hand-drawn illustrations, including ships, sea monsters, Native Americans, and mountains. North is oriented to the right."


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By: J4yDubs
3/5/2021 11:17 AM

Pic. You can download a much bigger version from the link.


By: judyk
3/5/2021 12:00 PM

These old maps are fascinating.
I have a vague recollection of someone posting years ago some of John White’s (carotographer who led the expedition of what became known as ‘the lost colonists’) maps.
Again, fascinating, thanks, J.

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By: Aliphatic
3/5/2021 12:37 PM

I was just going to ask if this was one of White’s maps.


By: J4yDubs
3/5/2021 1:18 PM

This one says it's from Theodore De Bry. The description says Virginia to Cape Fear, but it looks like it stops at Cape Lookout to me.

Here's the link to whole site. I can get lost in here...



By: Frank N
3/6/2021 3:05 AM

Interesting, 3 inlets depicted north of 'Roanoac' smiley ...they have obviously filled in. I wonder if it was Mother Nature or man.


By: Buck Island Chuck
3/9/2021 12:39 PM

Super cool. Thanks for posting!