Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571-1638) after Hessel Gerritsz.(1580-1632), Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adjacientibus, Engraving (hand colored), 1635, probably from Blaeu, Le Theatre du Monde, ou Nouvel Atlas. La seconde partie (Amsterdam: Blaueu, 1638).Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, The University of Texas at Arlington.Sorry, this is a bit late (the exhibit opened August 23rd) but we’ve got a new exhibit up in Special Collections. Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900 is a wonderful Map exhibit which explores companies and how they influenced regions, history, and cartography.

What is a chartered Company?
The chartered company, considered a precursor to the modern corporation, played an important role in the history of cartography. Chartered companies were an effective means to encourage overseas exploration, trade, expansion, and colonial power. Chartered companies often assumed the lead in settlement, land development, and the building and maintenance of transportation networks.
Companies relied upon maps and charts for planning, implementation, and operation. A chartered company’s presence in an area often changed that region’s political, historical, and cultural boundaries.
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This exhibit shares the theme of the Seventh Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, which will take place on October 8, 2010. For more information about that please see http://library.uta.edu/spco/Garrett2010/.
I hope to either see you touring the exhibit or perhaps attending our wonderful lecture series!