Theodore de Bry (1528-1598) was born in Liége, and worked as a
cartographer in Frankfort am Main.
The stamp from Jersey reproduces part of a map
engraved by Theodore de Bry, which, in turn, may have been based on a
map, now lost, by John White. White accompanied the first of Walter
Raleigh’s colonizing expeditions, and was the governor of Raleigh's
colony on Roanoke Island. The map was printed in A Brief and True
Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, by Thomas Hariot, published
Hariot wrote, “Because of the many islands on the
seacoast of Virginia it was difficult to discover an entry to the
mainland....Before we came upon an entrance we made many attempts at
different places.... Sailing farther, we reached a large island.
“As soon as the inhabitants of this island caught sight
of us, they set up a loud and terrible outcry, as if they had never
before seen men dressed as we were, and they ran off screaming like
beasts and yelling like madmen. But we called them back and offered
them presents....Convinced of our good intentions and kindness, they
slowly approached and made us welcome.... Thus we reached the part of
the world called Virginia.” However, the part of the world they had
really reached was North Carolina.
A close examination of the stamp shows a shipload of
colonists headed toward the island, the figures of the inhabitants
running away from them, a fish-weir off the coast of the island,
shoal-waters, indicated by patches of dots, and the Indian villages of
Roanoac and Pasquenoke.