POPHAM COLONY

 

 

John Hunt Map, "Draught of St. Georges fort...," dated 8 October 1607

 

John Hunt Map

 The most important document to survive from the Popham Colony is this picture-plan of Fort St. George that was drawn  on site by one of the colonists. It is unique since it is the only detailed drawing that exists for an initial English settlement anywhere in the Americas. Fortified with a ditch and rampart, the enclosure contains a  storehouse,  chapel,  guardhouse, and other public buildings, as well as residences for the colonists. The fort is defended by nine guns that range in size from demi-culverin to falcon. The boat built by the colonists, the pinnace Virginia, floats offshore although it could not have been completed by the date of the map.

 

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