"Carte du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles…", Delisle/Buache
Subject: Colonial North America and West Indies
Period: 1745 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25 x 18.8 inches
63.5 x 47.8 cm
This important map is credited with accurately showing the course of the Mississippi River and its mouth for the first time. The map influenced later delineations of the Mississippi River by Seutter, Homann, Lotter and others for many years. It is an attractive map that includes much of the present-day United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The British colonies are confined along the Eastern Seaboard. Florida is shown as a Spanish possession taking in the entire southern region and the Southwest is labeled Nouveau Mexique. The early native settlement of Checagou (Chicago) is named on Lake Michigan, called Lac des Illinois after the native tribe. The name of Checagou refers to the wild garlic that grew abundantly there. The decorative cartouche was engraved by C. Simmoneau. This is a reissue of the original edition, dated 1703 in the cartouche, with Buache's imprint and date (1745) at lower right.
References: Cumming #137; Tooley (Amer) #52, pp. 23; Wheat pp 58-61; Wagner #474; Schwartz & Ehrenberg pl. 82.
There are two small abrasions - one in the cartouche and one just west of Nicaragua - else very good.