The Surveyor’s Eyes: Mapping Empire in the Era of the American Revolution
Thursday, April 13, 2023
6:30 P.M. ET
Anderson House | Free Admission
Prior to the outbreak of war in 1775, British surveyors came to North America and the West Indies in unprecedented numbers. Their images of coastlines, forts, and frontiers helped win the French and Indian War and pictured a triumphant British Atlantic world. The American Revolution shattered this vision of peace, commerce, and settlement. Once tasked to promote an expansive American empire, wartime mapmakers applied their knowledge to make war on American colonists. Dr. Max Edelson, professor of history at the University of Virginia, describes the importance of survey knowledge in maps from empire to independence.This lecture will be held in-person at Anderson House and last approximately 45 minutes. Registration is requested. Virtual options are available.