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After the end of the Seven Years War, British America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the West Indies. In order to better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map its new territories. Using more than 250 original maps, plans, and charts, Max Edelson’ s The New Map of Empire pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain’s imperial ambitions in the generation before the American Revolution. Edelson is an associate professor of History at the University of Virginia, director of Graduate Admissions, and author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina.
Book selling and signing after the talk.