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George Washington's Route from Williamsburg to Lake Erie in 1754

Fascinating map of Western Virginia, based upon George Washington's 1754 map of the region, illustrating his route through the region and showing a number western settlements in Virignia.

The map is drawn from the map of the Western part of Virginia which appeared in The Journal Of George Washington, Sent By The Hon. Robert Dinwiddie ... To The Commandant Of The French Forces On The Ohio . . . (London, 1754) and was one of the first American maps to appear in the London Magazine. The map accompanied an excerpt from George Washington's journal.

Washington's route from Williamsburg to the French fort on Lake Erie is shown.

A decorative cartouche portrays natives engaged in tobacco production. "Six Nations" appears just under Katarakui or Ontario Lake. Lake Erie is styled Lake Erri or Okswego. Niagra Falls is located with the notation "Niagra Cataract 137 feet." The Indian names of numerous settlements appear.

The map is very rare on the market. This is only the third example we have offered for sale in over 20 years.

Condition Description
Narrow margins. Minor soiling.
Jolly, Maps of America in Periodicals before 1800: 48. Phillips, Virginia Cartography: p. 49.