Delmarva Images




From a catalog of images held by the Library of Congress. The Fassitt family had lands on the Indian River in the 1700s. It's unlikely that the tobacco port scene much represents anything real, but it's interesting as an idealized English concept of what life was like in the Chesapeake region.

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A View of the Lighthouse on Cape Henlopen; taken at Sea, August 1780


The Cape Henlopen lighthouse, built 1765... An accompanying article states that "the wrecks that lie plentifully scattered over the beach, affort a melancholy proof of the great necessity for this lighthouse . . ." From The Columbian Magazine, February 1788, opposite p. 108. LC-USZ62-31786


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A View of the Sea & Beach, from Mr. James Newbolds Plantation, near Indian River.


The Indian River flows into Indian River Bay south of Rehoboth. The Newbold plantation beach is on a fresh water pond protected from the Atlantic by a narrow isthmus. The contemporary account of this view describes the Indian corn, cider, iron ore, yellow ocher, and seaweed useful in glass manufacture available in the area and remarks:

"Many other valuable articles of trade and manufacture might be obtained here with proper attention and encouragement. But without the industry of man, the best shores of nature must lie useless and unexplored." Frontispiece for The Columbian Magazine, June 1788. LC-U5Z62-3 1796


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A Port Scene in the South


From map by Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson in 1775; Virginia, Maryland, and parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. It represents the tobacco trade. From Jefferys, The American Atlas (London, 1775), no. 20-21. The cartouche, first printed in 1751, also appears in the editions for 1776, 1778, and 1782.

Also in Faden, North American Atlas (London, 1777), no. 27-28.
Also in Jefferys, A General Topography of North America (London, 1768), no. 57.