Partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale, qui comprend le Cours de l'Ohio, la Nlle. Angleterre, la Nlle York, le New Jersey, la Pensylvanie, le Maryland la Virginie, la Caroline
By: Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles and Didier
Date: 1755 (dated) Paris
Dimensions: 19 x 24.5 (48.25 x 62.25 cm)
This is a fine example of an important and scarce first state map of Colonial America made during the second year of the French and Indian War. The map centers on the Appalachians and Ohio River Valley and extends from the Mississippi River to include the eastern seaboard from South Carolina to Maine.
Much of the cartographic information presented in this map was derived from Mitchell's 1755 map of British and French dominions in North America, which was used at the treaty of Paris in 1763 to determine geo-political boundaries of the United States of America and remaining British land claims in Canada. Since the map was produced during the French and Indian War, there is a wealth of detail around the locations and names of Native America villages. The Cherokee Nation is well represented throughout Carolina as are the Ohio, Seneca, Iroquois, and Mohawks in the North among other tribes.
Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy operated their map business as father and son and were descendants of Nicolas Sanson by way of Sanson's grandson, Pierre Moulard-Sanson. It was from him that they acquired maps and plates that served as the basis for their 1757 Atlas Universel, which gained notoriety by combining older sources with more modern surveyed maps that verified and corrected the latitude and longitude through astronomical observations. In 1760, Didier Robert de Vaugondy was appointed geographer to Louis XV.
Condition: This map is in A condition with original outline color and full margins on all sides. There are no holes or tears of any significance and the paper is clean and well preserved.
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