"Grondvlakte van Nieuw Orleans, de Hoosdstad van Louisiana/De Uitloop van de Rivier Missisippi/De oostelyke Ingang van de Missisippi, met een Plan van het Fort, 't Welkheit Kanaal Beheerscht",
Period: 1763 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.5 x 13 inches
44.5 x 33 cm
A very handsome sheet with three maps. The map was first drawn by the Frenchman de la Tour in 1720, only two years after the founding of New Orleans. The first is a plan of the city of New Orleans (now the French Quarter) vividly depicting its protective canal, barracks and quays. The second is a map of the vicinity of New Orleans including the delta and surrounding bayou. The third is a map of the location of Fort la Balisle at the mouth of the river, which sank into the marsh in the late 1700's. Each map has a delicately engraved title cartouche. At the center of the sheet is a large (fully colored) compass rose. Evenly toned with some oxidation of the green color on verso. Ref: van Ermen #39. Color is a bit faded. Small bit of upper margin missing, well away from the map, else fine.