Map of North and South Carolina by Herman Moll, 1717

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A fairly small map with the location of plantations along the Ashley and Cooper Rivers marked as small houses.  It records the coast of the Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Henry to the St. Matheo River. The map includes landmarks such as the Santee River and Charleston.

Growing up in Germany, Herman Moll came to London in 1678. While in London he created maps for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Johnathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Herman Moll's career began to flourish under the reign of Queen Anne as he would become one of the most creative European cartographers of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His work as a cartographer would last nearly six decades and would cover much of the known world. This rare map of North and South Carolina is a rendition produced by Moll in 1717 and details the populous coast of the two states.


Map of Carolina by Herman Moll, 1717.  Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Map Collection.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-1:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of places and regions and the role of human systems in South Carolina.

Indicator 3-1.1 Identify on a map the location and characteristics of significant physical features of South Carolina, including landforms; river systems such as the Pee Dee River Basin, the Santee River Basin, the Edisto River Basin, and the Savannah River Basin; major cities; and climate regions. (G)

Indicator 3-1.2 Interpret thematic maps of South Carolina places and regions that show how and where people live, work, and use land and transportation. (G, P, E)

Standard 3-2:   The student will demonstrate an understanding of the exploration and settlement of South Carolina and the United States.

Indicator 3-2.1  Explain the motives behind the exploration of South Carolina by the English, the Spanish, and the French, including the idea of “for king and country.” (G, P, E, H)

Indicator 3-2.2 Summarize the activities and accomplishments of key explorers of South Carolina, including Hernando de Soto, Jean Ribault, Juan Pardo, Henry Woodward, and William Hilton. (H, G)

Indicator 3-2.3 Use a map to identify the sea and land routes of explorers of South Carolina and compare the geographic features of areas they explored, including the climate and the abundance of forests. (G, H)


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