This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Maps and the Birth of America: Charting a New Continent Evening Lecture/Seminar Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1L0405 Select your Tickets Resize text Map of the Pacific Ocean (detail) from 1589, Asbury Family Collection Before photography, film, and television opened the world, printed and hand-colored maps brought home the thrill of undiscovered lands and the possibilities of exploration. Over the centuries, maps of America changed from exotic curiosa and cherished art objects to vital instruments in the growing conflicts on the continent. In a richly illustrated program, Neal Asbury and Jean-Pierre Isbouts, co-authors of the new book Mapping America, trace the critical role that maps played in battles including those of the French and Indian War, and examine how British strategy during the Revolutionary War became entirely dependent on hastily engraved (and often flawed) charts of geographical features and enemy dispositions in the territories in which they fought. Asbury is one of the nation’s foremost connoisseurs and collectors of maps of America, from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Isbouts is an art historian specializing in the Renaissance and a bestselling National Geographic author. Book Sale Information Purchase your copy of Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings That Created the United States (Hardcover) by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Neal Asbury here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.