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1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina
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1781 Cape Fear River Region, North Carolina

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Noted publisher of the late 18th century, John Bew produced this map of the Cape Fear region, and what is considered one of the earliest cartographical depictions of the area. Centered around Wilmington, the region was central to the economy of what would become North Carolina with the bustling port allowing for merchants and traders to develop thriving businesses.

Published during the American Revolution, maps of this nature were popular for Europeans who were closely following the revolt and clashes between the Continental Army and British forces. While Wilmington remained under British control, the region remained relatively peaceful throughout the conflict. British General Cornwallis kept vast reserves of troops in the area, though the state residents largely favored American independence. The Sons of Liberty formed in Wilmington to protest the British Stamp Act in one of the earliest acts of resistance leading to the Revolution.

North Carolina was home to one of the most consequential British losses in the Revolution at the Battle of Cowan's Ford, where though they held their position, the casualties the British suffered would ultimately lead to Cornwallis' retreat and surrender in 1781. This surrender is considered the tipping point in the American Revolution and nearly guaranteed the Continental victory.

The region's importance as a port lasted throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and remains an important economic driver to this day. The unique aesthetic and early production of this illustration immediately transports the viewer back in time and is truly an authentic piece of cartographical history.

Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.



  • VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1781 Cape Fear River Region Map . Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
  • MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
  • A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1781 Cape Fear River Region Map . This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true, accurate piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
  • READY TO FRAME: This 18x24 Inch print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
  • HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
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