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Drawing 1: View of Savannah, 1734. [Drawing 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society)

Drawing 2: Enlarged detail from
View of Savannah, 1734.
[Drawing 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society)

This view of Savannah was prepared by London engraver P. Fourdrinier in 1734, based on a sketch generally attributed to Georgia colonist Peter Gordon. The picture details the progress made in building the town of Savannah and displays many of the features that Peter Gordon wrote about (see Reading 2).

Questions for Drawings 1 & 2

1. Four wards are represented in Drawing 1, although some have not yet been fully completed. Since you are looking south, which ward is most nearly complete, with all the lots filled with buildings?

2. Drawing 2 is an enlarged detail of the View of Savannah, Drawing 1. Using clues in the enlargement, identify from which portion of the original drawing the enlargement was taken. Does looking at a detail help you to see new things or confuse you? Explain.

3. Compare Drawing 1 with the account given by Peter Gordon in Reading 2. List the landscape and built or constructed features in Drawing 1 that were also described by Peter Gordon in his account.

4. What details does the picture provide that the written account does not? What details does the written account supply that the picture does not? Is Drawing 1 an accurate representation of the account given by Peter Gordon? Why or why not?

* The drawings on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, but be aware that each file will take as much as 55 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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