"Carte Systematique d'une Partie de l'Amerique du N.O. pour l'Intelligence des Decouvertes de l'Amal. de Fuente par J.N. Delisle. 1752", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas
Subject: Pacific Northwest
Period: 1798 (published)
Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
6 x 8.3 inches
15.2 x 21.1 cm
The major focus of this map is on infamous expedition by Admiral Bartholomew de Fonte's in the Pacific Northwest. In 1708, a newly discovered account of the Spanish Admiral's 1640 expedition was published. It was actually a hoax, but thereafter the account was changed and elaborated upon by numerous mapmakers. The extravagant claims included the discovery of the Northwest Passage and a huge Sea of the West, all shown on this map. The fictitious waterways include Lac Bernarda, Lac Velasco and Lac de Fonte. Engraved by Tardieu.
References: cf Wagner #571.