It’s no secret that early Americans were much more religious than Americans today in the 21st century. This is shown by the massive collection of religious artwork from the 17th and 18th centuries.
We recently came across this interesting map created by a man named George Wright, an attorney, in 1775. The map is not one of the colonies’ geography, but rather a spiritual map depicting the various points in which a person could be in their lives.
This map may bring to mind (as it did for me) the Pilgrim’s Progress, in which Christian makes his way through the journey of life from his hometown of “The City of Destruction” towards the “Celestial City” (that is, Heaven).
In Wright’s map, he depicts several stages where a person could be at any given time in their life. The detail on this map is truly spectacular. Check it out below. The name of the map is “The Journey of Life, or An Accurate Map of the Roads, Towns, Counties, &c. in the Ways To Happiness & Misery.”
At the top of the map, “Glory” is depicted, where there is Saint’s Rest, Immortality, Eternal Life, and Mansions of Blessing. Right before one cross the Jordan River, he/she must pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death (referring to Psalms 23).
However, before one can get to there, he/she must start at the City of Natural Man. It is this position that is one’s starting point, and the path that a person takes inevitably sets a course for either Glory, or The Bottomless Pit of Destruction, or Hell.
It is interesting to note how much detail Wright put into this map. He lists several different types of Christian doctrine as towns, or counties, or topographic detail.
Places like “Conviction,” “Longing for Rest,” “Debauchery,” “Blasphemy,” and “Open Rebellion” are distinctly Christian doctrines gleaned directly from the Scriptures. You just don’t see this kind of artwork in the 21st century!