"Carte de l'Isle de Montreal et de ses Environs Dressee sur les Manuscrits de Depost des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Canada, Montreal
Period: 1744 (dated)
Publication: Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 9.5 inches
31.2 x 24.1 cm
This early map of Montreal and vicinity was drawn from manuscripts brought back to Paris by Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, a Jesuit who traveled extensively in Canada between 1705 and 1720. The map depicts the vicinity of Montreal, which was located at the navigable limits of the St. Lawrence River. Montreal (here Ville Marie) is depicted as a walled and fortified city. It is surrounded by many defensive forts that were built as protection against the Iroquois. The River St. Jean is shown as a wide channel clogged with islands, and several rapids and waterfalls are shown along the St. Laurence. A bold compass rose orients the map with north-northeast at top. Engraved by Dheulland.
References: Kershaw #1088.
Issued folding, now pressed. Neatly remargined at left.