Anniversary of the Mouzon-Delarochette map of the Carolinas

Happy Birthday, “Mouzon” Map! Today marks the 240th anniversary of the publication of a map that was not made by Henry Mouzon, Jr.  One of the most recognized colonial era maps of North Carolina is the so-called Mouzon map, first … Continue reading

Henry Mouzon, Jr., or Henry Mouzon, Jr. – which one made the map?

As will be shown in a future blog post, Henry Mouzon, Jr. receives undue credit for the map entitled An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina…the whole from Actual Surveys by Henry Mouzon and Others. So does Henry Mouzon, Jr.  Say what?

History Derailed, or, the libel of James Cook.

Eighteenth Century South Carolina surveyor James Cook has been dead for over 200 years. Let’s make believe he’s still living and still surveying. What else would he be doing?  He’d be suing several late 20th and early 21st century writers … Continue reading

Map Societies’ meetings in October

Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Wilson Library on the UNC-CH campus. William P. Cumming Map Society North Carolina Collection and the Rare Book Collection 9:30 am — Meet, greet, coffee 10 am – “America’s First ‘Coloring Book’: Theodor de Bry’s … Continue reading

WPC Map Society meeting October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Wilson Library on the UNC-CH campus. 9:30 am — Meet, greet, coffee 10 am – “America’s First ‘Coloring Book’: Theodor de Bry’s 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot’s Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land … Continue reading

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally Nathaniel Batts may not have been the first permanent European settler in North Carolina (there is vague evidence that he was not), but he was undoubtedly one of the earliest and best documented. … Continue reading

Murder in North Carolina! What’s in a name?

  Several 18th century maps depict Murder in North Carolina.

What’s in a name? Green’s Path

The East Coast Greenway organization’s vision is …a green travel corridor [that] will provide cyclists, walkers, and other muscle-powered modes of transportation with a low-impact way to explore the eastern seaboard. Over 300 years ago, there was a trail in … Continue reading

Saturday Map Seminar at MESDA, November 9

We hope you’ll join other cartophiles for a day devoted to the discussion of colonial era maps. The event will be at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 (MESDA … Continue reading

You survey mine and I’ll survey yours

In 1767, portions of the South Carolina frontier were surveyed by a party of North Carolinians, led by none other than the North Carolina Governor himself, William Tryon.  A year or two later, a substantial portion of the frontier of … Continue reading

Why is there a bump on our boundary?

Have you ever noticed the peculiar step off in the boundary between North Carolina and Virginia at the northwest corner of Gates County? Ever wonder why it is there?