By: SDUK / Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Date: 1832 (Published) London
Dimensions: 11.75 x 15.25 inches (29.85 x 38.74 cm)
This lovely map of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, was published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge also referred to as SDUK.
The map is centered on the lake, and parts of modern-day southern Ontario, northern Michigan and northeastern Minnesota are also depicted. Regions on either side of the lake do not feature significant detail aside from the waterways, rivers, lakes and islands which are noted. The shores of the lake feature interesting notes such as Steep sandy cliffs, small rivers shut with sand, arched rock, etc. Heights of hills are expressed in yards. The prosperous and well-known American Fur Company is to be found at the far western edge of the lake. Territories inhabited by North American indigenous peoples such as the Algonquin and Chippewa tribes are denoted.
The Society was founded in 1828 by Henry Peter Brougham, an idealistic British nobleman. The aim of the society was to promote self-education and egalitarian sharing of knowledge by providing instruments of learning such as maps and various other publications. Despite being affiliated with London University and various major publishing houses, the Society ultimately failed to achieve its goal as the publications were too costly for the targeted middle to lower class echelons of British society. At the same time, its publications were not grand enough or fine enough to appeal to the aristocracy.
Condition: This map is in A condition.
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