Peter Barber at 2/7/2013

February 7, 2013, Peter Barber (MA, FSA, FRHistS) will present a special lecture on “John White's maps of Raleigh's Virginia Colony: Patches, Patrons, Presentation, Planning.” The recent discovery of a concealed symbol on John White’s manuscript map of Raleigh’s Virginia colony has led to renewed interest in the mapping of England’s earliest American colony established on Roanoke Island in 1585. In a powerpoint presentation, Mr. Barber will place all of John White’s maps of the colony into the context of English sixteenth-century mapping. On the basis of comparison with contemporary maps and documents, he will suggest their distinctive functions in the overall enterprise. It seems that the map with the patches was not originally intended to accompany the ethnographical and ecological drawings and the other maps with which it has hitherto been associated. Far from being just a passive, if amazingly accurate, portrayal of the colony and its environs, Mr. Barber will argue that it played a crucial role in determining the future of England’s lasting presence in north America. Mr. Barber has been head of the map collections at the British Library since 2001. Click HERE for some background on Mr Barber's very interesting career.


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