"By reclaiming the biographies of a single map and its maker, the Bohemian emigrant and New Netherland official Augustine Herrman, this book offers a fascinating as well as highly productive double-lens for taking a new measure of the interimperial world of seventeenth-century America. A meticulously researched history of the earliest phase of American mapmaking at heart, the book’s focus on the mapping culture surrounding the Chesapeake Bay area compellingly re-envisions a vibrant mid-Atlantic community that was intertwined by trade and a shared material culture in spite of national difference and conflict."
—Martin Brückner, University of Delaware, author, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860
"Few now remember either the peripatetic seventeenth-century trader and planter Augustine Herrman or his once widely reproduced map of the Chesapeake region. Christian Koot’s dual biography of the man and his map rediscovers Dutch, English, and Native people struggling to understand their local places in a broader Atlantic world while at the same time powerful men in London grappled with the shape of an empire they barely comprehended. Combining imaginative detective work with unparalleled mastery of early modern cartographic methods, Biography of a Map in Motion is must-reading for those who want to understand the multicultural and global origins of North America."
—Daniel K. Richter, author of Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts
"This pioneering book compares Dutch, English, and Colonial attempts to control the mid-Atlantic American colonies through the history of the making of one map. Readers learn about differing international visions of empire, explore colonial-imperial frictions, and witness Native American resistance through the story of Augustine Herrman’s Virginia and Maryland map. I will never read a map the same way after finishing Koot’s book!"
—Sarah Hand Meacham, author, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake
"This book is a delightfully informative exploration of Augustine Herrman's life and map, covering topics as varied as Dutch furniture, taking soundings seventeenth-century style, and the artistry involved in making copper-plate engravings. Koot adroitly recreates the map's context, production, and reception in an interconnected and interimperial Atlantic world."
—Rebecca Anne Goetz, Associate Professor of History, New York University
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