The 1721 William Hammerton manuscript map of South Carolina is the most valuable and fascinating snapshot of the “Southeastern Part of North America” in existence. It covers the region from Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico and westward to the Mississippi River. According to Professor Alejandra Dubcovsky of Yale University, the map “appears to be the earliest of two known copies of a famous, but lost, map drawn by Colonel John Barnwell. Barnwell, also known as “Tuscarora Jack” for his involvement in the Tuscarora War of 1711, was a redoubtable Indian fighter and frontier settler who traveled extensively throughout the region.”
The map became the standard and reference for many traders, map-makers and explorers after 1721.
We have produced a framable, high-resolution copy of the map that is essential for anyone interested in the history of the Southeast and the Native American tribes of that era. Using a digital copy, details can be copied from the larger map and enlarged to focus on the geographical elements of the era and region. A citation of the original Yale map is:
“Map of the Southeastern Part of North America,” William Hammerton, 54 x 31⅛ in., 1721, after John Barnwell (ca.1671-1724). Pen and black and brown ink, with red, yellow, and blue-gray wash. Courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, gift of the Acorn Foundation, Inc., Alexander O. Vietor (’36), president, in honor of Paul Mellon.