First State of Longchamp's Map of the Theater of the French and Indian War
"Carte des Possessions Francoises et Angloises dans le Canada, et Partie de la Louisiane", Longchamp, S. G. (Sieur)
Subject: Colonial Eastern United States & Canada
Period: 1756 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
30.1 x 21.5 inches
76.5 x 54.6 cm
This is the first state of this separately published map of the colonial United States and Canada. It was issued to provide information about the theater of the French and Indian War, which was formally declared in 1756 and continued until 1763. The map shows the region from Labrador and Hudson Bay across to Assiniboine Lake and south to the Carolinas, including the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. The Great Lakes are mapped with the inclusion of the imaginary islands of Phelipeaux, Maurepas, and St. Anne in Lake Superior. The Southeast, excluding the southern tip of Florida, is shown in a large inset map. French Louisiane is between the Mississippi River and the Spanish territory of Florida, which extends north to the Monts Apalaches in a triangular shape. An amorphous Georgia is squeezed between Florida and Carolina. There are numerous Indian villages and early forts located.
References: Kershaw #358; McCorkle #756.9; Sellers & Van Ee #70.
Issued folding on a sheet with the watermark of a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads. Two long and narrow strips at left (14") and right (10") were cleanly cut (likely by the binder) and reattached with archival materials. Fold separations along the lower centerfold have also been archivally repaired.