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Plan de la ville et environs de Williamsburg en Virginie, America (Frenchman's Map of Williamsburg, Virginia), 1782, 1978, 2011

Title
Plan de la ville et environs de Williamsburg en Virginie, America (Frenchman's Map of Williamsburg, Virginia), 1782, 1978, 2011
ID
Mss. Acc. 2009.002, 2011.536, 2013.184
Extent
5.0 Items
Scope and Contents

The Plan de la ville et environs de Williamsburg en Virginie, America (a 11 mai 1782, levé au pas), also known as the Frenchman's Map is a map of Williamsburg dated May 11, 1782. It was drafted by an unknown Frenchman probably stationed with Rochambeau's army. Its detail suggests perhaps a billeting map for the French army following the battle of Yorktown. It has been called the "Bible of the Restoration of Williamsburg" because of the detail of the original buildings shown. It has also been used to illustrate town planning in eighteenth century America. Relief shown by hachures.

In addition to the original map, Mss. Acc. 2013.184, the collection includes 1978 and 2011 facsimiles, Mss. Acc. 2009.002 and 2011.536 respectively. The 1978 facsimile (a second edition reprint) includes introductory text by the publishers Meriden Gravure Company and Colonial Williamsburg, Inc.  The 2011 facsimile was created while the map was on loan to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for the exhibit "More Than Meets the Eye."

Additional information about the Frenchman's Map is available at: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Frenchman%27s_Map .

Subjects
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Participation, French--Maps
Virginia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--18th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--Maps, Manuscripts--Early works to 1800
Williamsburg (Va.)--Maps, Manuscripts--Early works to 1800--Facsimiles
Genres
Maps
Languages
English
French

Administrative Information

Acquired
1909.
Restrictions
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Rights
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Access Notes
For preservation reasons,  reprints and digital versions have to be used in place of the original.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Original map was a gift of John D. Crimmins; the 2011 facsimile is a gift of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Preferred Citation
Plan de la ville et environs de Williamsburg en Virginie, America, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Updated in August 2011 by Benjamin Bromley.
Collection Material Type:
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