A new book featuring maps of Virginia's first 300 years has many stories to tell. There's the author, an amateur historian who over 40 years amassed maps from around the world. There's the story of early Virginia and its central role in America's founding. And there are the maps themselves, many both fanciful and beautiful, featuring detailed illustrations by the most talented engravers of the time. We explore our region's history through this cartographic collection.
All images excerpted from "Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War" by William Wooldridge. Copyright 2012 by William Wooldridge. Reprinted here by permission of University of Virginia Press. All rights reserved.