"Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et les Etats Unis", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: United States & Canada
Period: 1786 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12.4 x 11.3 inches
31.5 x 28.7 cm
This map covers the majority of the continent, excluding Alaska and southern Mexico. The western region is virtually unknown, but notations are made concerning the recent discoveries along the Northwest coast including those of Adm. Fuente. The River of the West flows out of Lake Winnipeg, which is connected through a system of rivers and lakes to Hudson Bay, thereby forming the long-sought Northwest Passage. Another spurious river empties into San Francisco Bay, cutting across Nouvelle Albion to the east. Quivira is located in present day Nevada. This is a later edition with the fledgling United States added both in the map and title with the date changed from 1766. This series of maps are unusual for their dual plate marks as the map and its border were printed from separate plates.
References: cf. Seller & Van Ee #117.
There is some minor printer's ink residue in the image at top left and light toning confined to the sheet edges. A small portion of the border is cut off at top, as issued.