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Captain John Smith : “Map of New England” (1616)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

Captain John Smith’s 1616 map of Maine and Massachusetts Bay was the first to bear the name “New England.” Best known for his leadership in establishing the British colony at Jamestown, he returned to the Americas in 1614 to chart the coast of what was then called “Northern Virginia.” He covered an area of 350 miles, from the bay of Fundy down to Cape Cod, in an open boat of no more than 30 feet in length. In spite of the primitive surveying tools he had at his disposal, his map was accurate to within 10 miles.

At the request of Crown Prince Charles, native place names were replaced with the names of English cities. Accominticus became Boston, Aumoughcawgen; Cambridge. Some names indicated on the map have survived to modern times, while others have not. The Smith Islands are the present day Isles of Shoals. Cape Cod remained Cape Cod, in spite of Princes Charles’ attempt to rename it “Cape James.”

Names that have persisted include that of the Charles River, Cape Ann, and, notably, Plymouth. Though it is widely believed that the Pilgrims named Plymouth for their port of departure, it was, in fact, previously designated by Smith, who described it as “an excellent good harbor, good land; and no want of any thing, but industrious people.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

Shipping and Returns

All orders ship within one business day. The following services are available at checkout:

United States
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class Parcel Free 3 – 5 business days
USPS Priority Mail $3.99 2 – 4 business days
USPS Priority Mail Express $29.99 1 – 3 days, guaranteed
Canada *
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class International $11.99 1 – 3 weeks
USPS Priority Mail Express $56.99 3 – 5 business days
International, Excluding Canada *
Shipping Class Price Estimated Delivery Window
USPS First Class International $17.99 1 – 4 weeks
USPS Priority Mail Express $62.99 3 – 5 business days

* International orders may be subject to import taxes at time of delivery.

Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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