"Partie Occidentale du Canada, Contenant les Cinq Grands Lacs, avec les Pays Circonvoisins", Bonne, Rigobert
Subject: Colonial Great Lakes
Period: 1775 (circa)
Publication: Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre
Color: Black & White
12.6 x 8.4 inches
32 x 21.3 cm
This is the first state of one of the most interesting maps of the Great Lakes depicting frontier forts, missions, and fur trade routes. It covers the region from James Bay south to show Ft. St. Louis, and from Lake Ontario through the Great Plains. It contains numerous Indian tribe names and forts including Detroit, St. Louis, Toronto and Chicagou. Lake Superior contains Isle Royale, as well as the phantom islands of St. Anne, Maurepas and Ponchartrain, which were reported by the Jesuit explorer Charlevoix. The Keweenaw Peninsula is noted as Pt. de Kiaonan. The source of the Mississippi is noted as inconue or unknown. Engraved by Andre.
References: Kershaw #973; Sellers and Van Ee #173.
On a bright sheet with faint offsetting and minor dampstains confined to the top blank margin. The centerfold has been reinforced on verso with archival tape.