The Newberry

Mapping Movement

Territory of Virginia, 1672

Lederer’s map was attached to the published account of his journey, The Discoveries of John Lederer, published in London in 1672. Lederer’s original journal (in Latin) and map were transmitted and prepared for publication by William Talbot, Provincial Secretary for Maryland. Originally part of a company of Virginia colonists interested in exploring trade opportunities with Southeastern Indians, Lederer found himself alone after the Virginians abandoned him. He then continued his long trek southward accompanied by a Susquehannock Indian guide familiar with, but not native to, the region. Lederer’s map influenced the mapping of the Southeast for many years to come.