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Virginia state map with counties
Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Virginia
In the 1500’s the first maps of Virginia were made. More and more maps, gazetteers, and atlases have been created over the years since then. Most historical maps of Virginia were published in atlases.
The Library of Virginia collection consists of in excess of 40,000 maps and is also managed online and also also links to the Map Collection Index. See also Using the Map Collection in the Archives of The Library of Virginia.
1630 Map of Virginia and the Chesapeake
The number of easily available maps of Virginia is rather lengthy. Maps displaying watercourses are essential for tracking down land grants and property referred to in deeds. Pinpointing no longer used place-names furthermore troubles researchers.
The Colony of Virginia was chartered in 1606 and settled in 1607 and was the first English colony in North America, following failed attempts at settlement on Newfoundland by Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1583, and the Roanoke Island by Sir Walter Raleigh in the late 1580s.
The founder of the new colony was the Virginia Company, with the first two settlements in Jamestown on the north bank of the James River and Popham Colony on the Kennebec River in modern-day Maine, both in 1607.
The Popham colony quickly failed due to a famine, disease, and conflict with local Native American tribes in the first two years. Jamestown occupied land belonging to the Powhatan Confederacy, and was also at the brink of failure before the arrival of a new group of settlers and supplies by ship in 1610.
Map of the Virginia Colony
From 1619 to 1775/1776, the colonial legislature of Virginia was the House of Burgesses, which governed in conjunction with a colonial governor. Jamestown on the James River remained the capital of the Virginia colony until 1699; from 1699 until its dissolution the capital was in Williamsburg.
After declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1775, before the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, the Virginia colony became the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of the original thirteen states of the United States. The entire modern states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, and portions of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania were later created from the territory encompassed, or claimed by, the colony of Virginia at the time of further American independence in July 1776.
The State of Virginia was created as the 10th state on June 25, 1788. States bordering Virginia are Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, District of Columbia. Virginia’s 10 largest cities are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria , Hampton, Roanoke , Portsmouth and Suffolk.
Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Any Historical Virginia Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time. This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.
Map of Virginia County Formations 1617-1995
This Interactive Map of Virginia Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Virginia in 1617-1995.
Virginia contains 95 counties and 39 independent cities. In 1617 the first Virginia counties were formed. They were Henrico and James City Counties. The last county to be formed was Dickenson County in 1880.