THE ZUNIGA MAP
The Zuniga map is not a map per se, it was not made for directional purposes. There is no scale to the map and there was no engraving of it ever made. A couple of traced copies from the original were made by the artist and the map (above) is one of those traced copies. Only a small section of the original has been released into the public domain and some pieces of that section are used here to show certain details in a sharper quality.
Pedro de Zuñiga (Zuniga map) was the Spanish ambassador stationed in London, he obtained a copy of the map for King Philip III of Spain. The map shows the areas where survivors from the 1587 colony had been and where they are currently located. Within the black border (above), those areas represent Edenton, NC, Pembroke Creek, the Rocky Hock Creek, the Chowan River, Indian Creek, to the Meherrin River. Note the entire landmass west of Pembroke Creek to the Chowan River and north to the Rocky Hock Creek inlet is missing. It shows the west bank of the Chowan River as being the west bank of Pembroke Creek. There are 2 "breaks" on the map (above, at green arrows) that leave those areas open for interpretation of distance. Most of the lines on the map are very exact in that the smallest drawn detail that appears to be a careless mistake actually represents a landmark that still appears there today. Although many of the map's dips, curves and straight lines are not to scale, they do mimic the dips, curves, and straight lines of certain areas. The far left of the map shows the Roanoke River. The beginning of that area matches up exactly with the shores of the islands where the river begins at the mouth of the west end of the Albemarle Sound.
On the map (below, left, at blue arrow) there appears in the Roanoke River a watercourse with a short, "squiggly" tail. Most of that watercourse is made up of a "squiggly" tail (below right at blue arrow) and is an example of the map void of any scale but is similar in nature.