"Embouchures du Fleuve St. Louis ou Mississipi", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1763 (dated)
Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime…
Color: Hand Color
6.8 x 8.5 inches
17.3 x 21.6 cm
This uncommon chart details the Mississippi River Delta as the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The map is oriented by a fleur-de-lys with north to the upper left. Fort Balise is shown on a small island at the mouth of the Southeast Pass and the channels includes soundings and trees and other debris are shown via icons. Jacques Nicolas Bellin had a distinguished 50-year career as one of France’s leading cartographers. He was the lead hydrographer to the French Navy upon the creation of France's hydrographic office, a member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. His maps of the French possessions in North America are particularly important.
References: Sellers & Van Ee #776; Tooley (MCC-96) #860.