Visualizations

Click on the links below to see data from some of Washington’s documents transformed into visual representations of content.

Exploring George Washington’s Barbados

When he was nineteen, George Washington visited Barbados with his half brother Lawrence, spending seven weeks on the island. Hints of Washington’s eighteenth-century experience can be gleaned from a careful examination of twenty-first century Barbados. The editors of the forthcoming critical edition of Washington’s Barbados Diary explored the island for remnants of days long past, hoping to catch a glimpse into Washington’s perspective. Follow their footsteps through photographs and a map to be a part of the journey.

Mapping GW’s Voyage to Barbados

An interactive map of Washington’s voyage to Barbados in 1751. Washington’s voyage began prior to September 28, 1751, in the Chesapeake Bay. He and his brother Lawrence arrived at Barbados on November 2, 1751. While the map illustrates the ship’s progress and landing, it also describes the weather encountered and the food eaten during the journey. Such details are revealed by selecting the various elements included on the map.

Account Book 2, 1767-1775

GW’s account book – “Account Book 2, 1767-1775” (available online at the Library of Congress) – is compiled of copies of his business correspondence, invoices, and so forth. The original copies he wrote were sent to the merchants who were located within the American colonies, England, Ireland, and even Jamaica. Robert Cary and Co., a merchant company located in London, England, also sent GW a number of invoices detailing the costs of the goods which GW had requested from them. Included are a number of charts displaying different aspects of the information found solely within this account book.

Revolutionary War Accounts, Vouchers, and Receipted Accounts 3, 1784

GW’s account book – “Revolutionary War Accounts, Vouchers, and Receipted Accounts 3, 1784” (available online at the Library of Congress) – records his expenses to and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was traveling to attend a meeting of the Society of Cincinnati, a patriotic organization established in 1783. GW brought three servants and five horses on this trip and the group stopped at several taverns for food and lodging. These stops and expenses are detailed in a number of individual receipts found within the book. Included on this page are visualizations of George Washington’s journey.

Virginia Colonial Militia Accounts, 1755-1758

GW’s account book – “Virginia Colonial Militia Accounts, 1755-1758” (available online at the Library of Congress) – is a book of receipts and expenditures for munitions, recruiting, supplies, spying, etc. The visualization included illustrates with whom GW had transactions and how many transactions they had within this particular account book.

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