"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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 “Virginie,” a French playing card depicting a Virginia Indian Enter Fullscreen More information
“Virginie,” a French playing card depicting a Virginia Indian
“Virginie,” a French playing card depicting a Virginia Indian, 1644, 1985.127
“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova description” Enter Fullscreen More information
“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova description”
“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova description” (Amsterdam: Hondius, 1619), Map F221 1619:1 IN the 1580s, the English made exploratory trips to the Outer Banks (of today’s North Carolina), from which they explored the mainland and the Chesapeake Bay. This map was based on a watercolor made then.
Portrait of Elizabeth I Enter Fullscreen More information
Portrait of Elizabeth I
Portrait of Elizabeth I, queen of England, by an unidentified artist, 1990.81 Until Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, the English showed little interest in exploration, being occupied instead with their European trade and establishing control over the British Isles.
 “Virginie,” a French playing card depicting a Virginia Indian
“Virginie,” a French playing card depicti
“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova description”
“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provi
Portrait of Elizabeth I
Portrait of Elizabeth I