"A Plan of the Straits of St. Mary, and Michilimakinac, to Shew the Situation & Importance of the two Westernmost Settlements of Canada for the Fur Trade", Anon.
Subject: Colonial Great Lakes
Period: 1761 (published)
Publication: London Magazine
Color: Hand Color
12.6 x 9.3 inches
32 x 23.6 cm
Uncommon map of the region where the fur trade flourished during the colonial period. Mackinac and Sault Ste. Marie each commanded a narrows in the Upper Lakes system, thus exercising great influence in the fur trade and became strategic sites for military activity. The map is densely engraved to depict the mountainous and forested landscape and filled with interesting notations concerning the Indian inhabitants. Locates the Mission of St. Mary and Mission of St. Ignace, as well as the "Common Track of the Vessels to the Detroit &c." Lake Superior is noted as "Worship'd as a Divinity by the Indians." Decorated with a delicately engraved title cartouche and a fleur-de-lis.
References: Jolly LOND-197; Sellers and Van Ee #770.
Trimmed to neatline at bottom and remargined.