"Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins. Pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Colonial South Central United States
Period: 1757 (dated)
Publication: La Harpe's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 8.7 inches
30.2 x 22.1 cm
This finely engraved French and Indian War period map of French Louisiana is based on a map by Delisle. It extends from the Great Lakes in the north and Nouveau Mexique in the west, to the Gulf of Mexico and shows about half of Florida. The Mississippi River flows dramatically down the center of the map with tributaries including the Ohio River (l'Oyo ou la Belle), Missouri River, and the Riviere de Moingona in the area of modern-day Des Moines. The map is filled with place names including many Indian tribes, missions, forts, and early settlements. Nouveau Mexique in the far west includes Santa Fe and names the S. Jerome de Taos. Adorned with a rococo-style title cartouche including a distance scale.
References: Sellers & Van Ee #75.
A crisp impression with faint offsetting along the centerfold, and marginal toning.