1757 map of Canada's St Lawrence River, Quebec City to Lake Ontario

Map of the St. Lawrence river from Quebec City to the west end of Lake Ontario. Also shows the area around Lake Champlain, and goes north along Ottawa River to Lake Nipissing (North Bay Ontario).

This map gives a snapshot of Canada as the Seven Years war was about to begin, which would end in 1763 with Canada becoming an English Colony.

Created by Jacques Bellin, famous cartographer, and done for Abbé Prevost's work Histoire Générale des Voyages.

Inside decorative cartouche:

                                 Suite
                     du Cours du Fleuve
                         de St. Laurent 
       Depuis Quebec jusqu'au Lac Ontario
             Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale
                         Des Voyages
                             Echelle
                 lieues commune de France
            par  M.B. Ing. de la Marine 1757

    

                          Continuation 
                      of the course of the
                       St. Lawrence river
             from Quebec to Lake Ontario
           for use in the the l'Histoire General
                          Des Voyages
                               Scale
                 common leagues of France
                by  M.B. Navy Engineer 1757

 

Below map, book volume # that it was inserted into, and map #:

Tom XIV No. 17

Interesting details in the Map:

  • Fort Toronto ‘French’ (west end Lake Ontario)
  • Fort Cataracoui (east end of Lake Ontario, destroyed in 1758, rebuilt as Fort Frontenac)
  • Fort Oswego ‘English, destroyed’ (south shore of Lake Ontario)
  • Fort Edward, Fort George, Fort Frederick, and Fort Carillon (around Lake Champlain)

Folded as issued, to fit into book: 2 vertical folds, one horizontal.Foxing along folds and right edge. 

8 ⅛”  x 12 ½” // 21 x 32 cm. 

 

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772) was a French hydrographer, geographer, and member of the French intellectual group called the philosophes.

Bellin was born in Paris. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50-year career, he produced a large number of maps of particular interest to the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) are particularly valuable. He died at Versailles.

Bellin contributed a number of maps to 15-vol. Histoire Generale des Voyages of Antoine François Prévost or simply known l'Abbe Prevost.

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