From England’s first attempts to colonize America, artists and mapmakers created impressions of the New World that fueled European imagination. Maps served as powerful propaganda tools for colonial expansionists eager to convey the richness and abundance of the land and its inhabitants, often representing America as a latter-day Garden of Eden. Initially, mapmakers incorporated iconographic images of America’s flora, fauna, and native population within the decorative elements on their maps to promote the promise of a good and prosperous life in the New World. This exhibition will feature works that range from a 17th-century map depicting the “new World” as a literal Garden of Eden to maps celebrating the newly established United States of America.
9am - 6pm, daily
The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Art Museums are located at 301 South Nassau Street, Williamsburg, VA.
Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic