WASHINGTON (May 11, 2007)–Students studying Jamestown during its 400th anniversary year will have a new National Geographic map to help them understand the history of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The National Geographic Society and The Conservation Fund are donating nearly 50,000 maps about Jamestown and early European settlements to students in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The map, a two-sided supplement to National Geographic magazine’s May 2007 cover story on Jamestown, shows an artistic rendering of “When Cultures Collided” — what life was like both in the capital of the Powhatan Indian chiefdom Werowocomoco and in the 1607 English settlement. The reverse side shows “A World Transformed,” depicting the East Coast in both 1491, when Indian cultures were thriving, and 1650, when new European settlements were growing, as well as the altering effects on the land and indigenous cultures caused by the divergent ways of life.
The map will be distributed to regional schools through state departments of education and National Geographic’s Geographic Alliance network.
“This is a wonderful tool to help students visualize the complexities of early Indian cultures and the history of early European settlement in this country,” said Gil Grosvenor, National Geographic Society chairman. “It provides a rich portrait of the interactions among the peoples, their cultures and the landscape.”
National Geographic and The Conservation Fund will also give 30,000 maps to the public during the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemoration, May 12-14, 2007.
The Society is a member of the Friends of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail — a group of regional organizations led by The Conservation Fund, National Geographic and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Friends are currently working in partnership with the National Park Service along with other agencies and partners to develop the newly established trail commemorating Smith’s explorations throughout the Chesapeake Bay. National Geographic has also contributed funding to archaeological research in Jamestown.