Maps not only serve as navigational tools, but also as indicators of social, political, and economic issues taking place. John Smith’s, map of New England serves as a prime example of this. The map provides a layout of New England and its surroundings. Areas with different geographies are made clear and important rivers are shown. Politically, England’s policy of colonization and power is displayed in the map. An example of this is the image of three ships all bearing English flags, sailing towards New England. This represents England’s desire and willingness to conquer new territory. The map also represents the various social issues that New England was confronted with. The map gives insight to how the explorers dealt with Native Americans, the formation of towns, and social hierarchy. Economically, the map provides important information pertaining to areas able to provide wealth for the colony and England. Initially, fishing and fur trade were the main commodities the settlers were able to profit from and important locations are highlighted on the map. The map itself is an important indicator of the advancement of art and technology of the period. A picture of John Smith is shown on the map with a paragraph written under. Also, there are symbols shown containing Latin phrases. John Smith’s map of New England represents the power and expansion of England in the 17th century.
The map of New England gives insight to the political, social, and economic events taking place in England and the New World. The political importance of the map can be seen immediately by the name given to the English colony. “Smith coined the name New England.”1 This represents the British policy of imperial expansion. The name indicates that the territory belonged to the British. The choice of name by Smith would please the English monarch as well as make it clear to opposing nations that the territory was controlled. Although Smith named the colony, Prince Charles...
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