This original map of Virginiae et Floridae, dated 1650, (full title: Virginiae Partis Australis, et Floridae Partis Orientalis, Interjacentiumq Regionum Nova Descriptio) is by Willem Blaeu (1571 – 1683). The map is from the 1650 latin text edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus. The map is the second state as noted by the cherub with “tail” to the left of the scale and the incorrect longitude sequence in the lower right (298, 299, 200). The map covers the area known today as the Chesapeake Bay south to northern Florida. The area was of interest to the French and the English as noted by their respective coat of arms. The mentioning of Newport nesa (Newport News, founded in 1621) is significant as it apparently is the first time featured on a map. At the southern end of the Appalachians is a note concerning gold and silver mines. In the upper portion of the map is a lavish cartouche flanked by Native Americans. The Atlantic Ocean contains two compass roses and three sailing ships. The framing is done to conservation standards with hand-wrapped silk mat and carved gold frame.