"La Parte Orientale dell' Antico, e Nuovo Messico con la Florida e la Bassa Luigiana Dellineata Sulle Ultime Osservazioni", Cassini, Giovanni Maria
Subject: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean & Southern United States
Period: 1798 (dated)
Publication: Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 19 inches
35.1 x 48.3 cm
This is the eastern sheet of Cassini's two sheet map depicting the southern United States, Mexico and Central America. This map, with its own borders, covers from Florida west to Texas and from the Yucatan Peninsula south to the tip of northern South America. The extensive river systems in the southern United States are well represented, although the Mississippi River is not connected to the Missouri River. A number of place names are given, including Cenis in Texas, New Orleans, and Biloxi. The southern tip of Florida is still shown as an archipelago. The map is decorated by a pictorial cartouche featuring Spanish Conquistadors on horseback arriving in an Indian village.
Contemporary color on a watermarked sheet with scattered foxing and faint offsetting.