Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Baker. Antigua (c1768) 

Accession Number TP.1959.021.048


Map: “Antigua”



Artist/ cartographer/ surveyor: Robert Baker

Engraver: Thomas Jeffers

Printer/ publisher:



Laid paper, ink






c. 1768



Paper- 21 3/8” X 26 3/16”

Plate- 19 ½” X 25 5/8” (trimmed to left plate mark)

Image- 18 ¼” X 24 ¼”



Engraved map made of two joined sheets:  Antigua Surveyed by Robert Baker Surveyor General of that Island by Thomas [J]efferys Geographer to the King. [title, lower right inside neat line]






Thomas Jefferys (ca. 1710-1771) was an engraver, geographer, and publisher in London from 1732 to 1750. One of the most prolific and important English map publishers of the eighteenth century, he was appointed geographer to Frederick Prince of Wales in 1748 and later to George III. His earliest known work was a Plan of London and Westminster in 1732. He collaborated with Thomas Kitchin in the production of a Small English Atlas (1749) and with Parsons & Bowles on a Map of Staffordshire (1747). Between 1751 and 1768 Jefferys produced a series of important maps on America and the West Indies. Culminating the publication of a volume on The Spanish Island and the West Indies (1762) and Topography of North America and the West Indies (1768). Between 1765 and `770, Jefferys surveyed and engraved several large-scale English county maps. The expenses incurred in these ventures may have led to his bankruptcy in 1765, when Robert Sayer acquired a large part of his interests.  Sayer, in conjunction with Bennet, published much of Jefferys’ work posthumously, notable his American Atlas, American Pilot, and West Indian Atlas, all in 1775.



 Josiah Martin, the last Royal Governor of North Carolina was born on the island of Antigua, where his father owned a large sugar plantation.






Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:


Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: August 21, 2018

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