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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

A hostile biography of Captain John Smith, by the 19th-century historian Alexander Brown — a “lamentable failure” as an historian, according to Philip Barbour (The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, 422n1), largely because of “his personal antagonism to John Smith” — is in’s IN BRIEF section.
   Brown never bought Smith’s warrior brand: “compiling a romance, with himself as his hero.” (Brown, The Genesis of the United States, 2 vols., 1890, 2.1009) For more, see the IN BRIEF topic on branding Captain John Smith, Admiral of New England, and his disputed coat of arms (bearing “a chevron betwixt three Turks heads”).

There is additional discussion of Captn. John Smith’s captivity narratives in the Gallery Exhibit, The “Zuñiga Chart” of Virginia.

More discussion of Smith’s cartographic reach occurs in the Gallery Exhibits on The “Velasco Map” of 1610/11. See, for example, Gallery Exhibit 2 of 5 in She-philosopher.​com’s five-part series of Modern Reproductions of the “Velasco Map” of 1610/11.

Smith’s map of Virginia was one of She-philosopher.​com’s test cases when assessing the new JPEG-2000 graphics format back in 2005. Our technical report includes a detailed comparative analysis of JPEG-2000, JPEG, GIF, and PNG formats, with a tabular summary.


The images to be included in this forthcoming Gallery Exhibit are not yet listed in She-philosopher.​com’s Gallery Catalog.

First Published:  September 2014
Revised (substantive):  1 June 2021

Under Construction

S O R R Y,  but this Gallery Exhibit — with digital facsimiles of Captain John Smith’s valuable map, entitled Virginia Discovered and Discribed by Captayn John Smith Graven by William Hole, which support a study of the map’s visual rhetoric and influences (both before and after publication) — is still under construction.

17th-century head-piece showing six boys with farm tools, by Wenceslaus Hollar

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you will return to check on its progress another time.

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