Old Map of North Carolina by J. H. Colton, 1858: Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville, and Asheville
Old Map of North Carolina by J. H. Colton, 1858: Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville, and Asheville
Old Map of North Carolina by J. H. Colton, 1858: Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville, and Asheville

Old Map of North Carolina by J. H. Colton, 1858: Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville, and Asheville

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This exceptional piece of cartographic history is an old map of North Carolina, crafted by the esteemed mapmaker J. H. Colton in 1858. Known for his precise and detailed work, Colton is widely regarded as one of the finest American mapmakers of his era. This map, depicting North Carolina in the mid-19th century, is a testament to his skill and dedication to the art of cartography.

Created just a few decades after the birth of the United States, this map provides a unique snapshot of the country's early development. At this point in history, many settlements that we know today were yet to be founded, and the landscape of the country was vastly different from what we see today. The map captures the essence of this era, showcasing the growth and expansion of the United States during a time of rapid change and development.

It's fascinating to note that the names and borders of many places have likely changed over the last 150 years. This map offers a unique opportunity to delve into the past and understand how the region has evolved over time. The settlements of Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Fayetteville, and Asheville, which were notable even in 1858, are beautifully depicted on this map.

This map is a remarkable piece of history, providing a glimpse into the past and offering a sense of how far we've come. It's not just a map, but a story of progress, development, and the relentless human spirit that drives us forward. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a cartography lover, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of old maps, this piece is sure to captivate and inspire.

The craftsmanship of J. H. Colton is evident in every detail of this map. From the meticulous depiction of the settlements to the precise borders, every aspect of this map is a testament to his skill and dedication. This map is more than just a piece of history - it's a work of art that reflects the spirit of an era.

In conclusion, this old map of North Carolina by J. H. Colton is a stunning piece of cartographic history. It offers a unique glimpse into the past, capturing the essence of a time when the United States was still in its early stages of development. Whether you're a lover of history, maps, or both, this piece is sure to be a fascinating addition to your collection.

Towns, Cities, Counties, and Settlements in North Carolina

  1. Raleigh (1792): Known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. It was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony in the New World in the late 16th century.
  2. Wilmington (1739): A port city, Wilmington was crucial for naval supplies during the American Civil War. It was named after Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.
  3. New Bern (1710): The second oldest town in North Carolina, New Bern was the colonial capital of North Carolina. It was named after the city of Bern in Switzerland.
  4. Fayetteville (1783): Named after Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who significantly aided the American forces during the Revolutionary War.
  5. Asheville (1797): Known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, Asheville was named after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.
  6. Edenton (1712): Named after Governor Charles Eden, Edenton served as the state capital until 1743.
  7. Hillsborough (1754): Known for its role in the Regulator movement, an uprising against British rule in the 1760s.
  8. Salem (1766): Known for its historic Moravian settlement, Old Salem, which is a living history museum today.
  9. Beaufort (1709): The third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort is known for its beautiful coastal scenery.
  10. Bath (1705): The oldest town in North Carolina, Bath was a major port during colonial times.
  11. Elizabeth City (1793): Known as the "Harbor of Hospitality," Elizabeth City has a rich maritime history.
  12. Chapel Hill (1793): Home to the University of North Carolina, the nation's first public university.
  13. Charlotte (1768): Named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Charlotte is now the largest city in North Carolina.
  14. Greensboro (1808): Named after Major General Nathanael Greene, a hero of the American Revolutionary War.
  15. Durham (1823): Known for its tobacco industry and as the home of Duke University.
  16. Halifax (1757): Known for the Halifax Resolves, a resolution adopted by North Carolina on April 12, 1776, which was the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Britain.
  17. Winston (1851): Known for its tobacco industry, it would later merge with the neighboring town of Salem to form Winston-Salem.
  18. Concord (1796): Known for its historic downtown district and as the home of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  19. Pittsboro (1785): Known for its courthouse, which is one of the oldest courthouses in North Carolina.
  20. Goldsboro (1847): Named after Major Matthew T. Goldsborough of the North Carolina Railroad, it was a strategic railroad junction during the Civil War.

Native American Tribes

  • Cherokee: The Cherokee were one of the largest tribes in the Southeast, and their ancestral lands covered a large part of North Carolina.
  • Catawba: The Catawba were known as "river people" who primarily lived along the Catawba River.
  • Tuscarora: The Tuscarora lived in the coastal region of North Carolina. They joined the Iroquois Confederacy and migrated northward in the early 18th century.
  • Croatan: The Croatan were a small coastal tribe, known for their interaction with the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Notable Natural Phenomena

  • Appalachian Mountains: A significant mountain range in the eastern United States, extending into the western part of North Carolina.
  • Cape Hatteras: Known for its iconic lighthouse, Cape Hatteras is a popular tourist destination.
  • Great Smoky Mountains: Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: A scenic highway that runs through the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Outer Banks: A chain of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, known for their beaches and wild horses.

Historical Events (1810-1858)

  • War of 1812 (1812-1815): Although no major battles occurred in North Carolina, the state sent troops and supplies to aid the war effort.
  • North Carolina Gold Rush (1799-1849): The first gold rush in the United States began in North Carolina, following the discovery of a 17-pound gold nugget.
  • Construction of the North Carolina Railroad (1851): This was a significant development that boosted the state's economy and led to the growth of several towns and cities.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

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My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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