By: Rigobert Bonne
Date: 1789 (circa) Paris or Geneva
Dimensions: 9 x 12.65 inches (23 x 32.13 cm)
This 1789 state of Boone's map corrects a number of cartographical myths and legends from an earlier 1780 state, but certainly not all, most notably the island of Alashka. The island appears the as the largest of a series of islands in a large archipelago, several of which were discovered earlier in the 18th century during Vitus Bering's monumental expedition that took 10 years of planning and ended in nearly total tragedy.
Another notable change is the absence of the small inland sea which he had positioned directly to the west of Hudson Bay in the earlier map. However, this 1789 state continues to mistakenly depict Greenland as part of the mainland continent, to show an island off the west coast of Canada as Alaska, and to depict California as a very long peninsula. In the northeast is a large non-existent island called James Island in the Bay of Baffin.
Other regions of the map are rendered more accurately both geographically and topographically, including the east coast of the continent, the Caribbean, the territories around the Gulf of Mexico and Central America, and the northernmost region of South America. Iceland and its formidable volcano Hekla are in place. The map includes forts, settlements, towns and cities, and existing states of the fledgling USA are named. River systems, ports bays and gulfs are labelled, as are many Indigenous Indian tribes. The Pacific Ocean is labeled as both the Pacific and the North Sea.
In Central America the infamous Darien Gap is delineated. This remote, road-less swath of jungle, one of the least-visited places on earth, is on the border of Panama and Colombia and has been known to be inhospitable and perilous for centuries.
Condition: This map is in A condition, a strong, clean impression on heavy paper.
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