Auction 126, Lot 120

"A Map of New France Containing Canada, Louisiana &c. in Nth. America According to the Patent granted by the King of France to Monsieur Crozat, dated the 14th of Sep. 1712 N.S. and registered in the Parliament of Paris the 24th of the same Month", Moll, Herman

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1717 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10 x 7.3 inches
25.4 x 18.5 cm

This interesting map depicts the French possessions in North America in the early part of the eighteenth century. New France included Canada and the proprietary colony of Louisiana, which included the former Spanish possessions in Florida. In 1712, King Louis XIV selected Antoine Crozat, the Marquis de Chatel, as the proprietor for Louisiana. Crozat was granted a monopoly on trade for fifteen years, but failed to develop the colony and relinquished his rights in 1717. The map is filled with information including colonial settlements, Indian villages, and forts. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains. The Great Lakes are presented in a strange format and La Hontan's Longue River is shown in the upper left. The route of the Spanish treasure fleet is shown in the Gulf of Mexico and around the tip of Florida.

References: McCorkle #717-1.

Condition: A

The impression is dark, but somewhat uneven in the Great Lakes region, else fine.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/3/2008