Research Laboratories of Archaeology


Early Maps of the American South


[updated 12/16/12]

This site contains a large collection of historical maps that pertain to the American South, dating to the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. They are arranged as follows.

  1. Continental and Regional Maps:
    1. Prints
    2. Manuscripts

  2. Local Maps:
    1. Settlements and Forts
    2. Harbors and Islands (Gulf Coast)
    3. Harbors and Islands (Atlantic Coast)

  3. Special Topics:
    1. Early French Explorations
    2. French-Indian Wars
    3. American Indian Maps

  4. Archival Collections:
    1. BNF, Service hydrographique de la Marine, Pf 138 (Côtes de Floride et de Louisiane)
    2. BNF, Service hydrographique de la Marine, Pf 138 bis (Côte du Golphe du Mexique)
    3. PRO, Colonial Office, North America, CO 700
    4. AGI, Maps of Spanish Florida and Louisiana

  5. Additional Resources:
    1. Links to Archives, Libraries, and Digital Collections
    2. The Crown Collection of Photographs of American Maps
    3. Early Maps of the American Midwest and Great Lakes
    4. Early Maps of Colonial Natchez
    5. Colonial Louisiana: Historical Narratives
    6. Colonial Louisiana: Early Architectural Drawings
    7. Colonial Natchez: Early French Documents

[The documents on this site were compiled by Vincas P. Steponaitis. Please email comments and suggestions to him at vps@email.unc.edu.]