1757 map of Florida and Louisiana (France - Bellin)

Inside decorative cartouche:
                    
                   Carte de la
         Floride de la Louisiane
                et Pays Voisins
  pour servir  l'Histoire Generale des
                   Voyages 
Echelle de lieues commune de France
     Par M.B. Ing. de la Marine en 1757

 

               Map of
     Florida and Louisiana
  and  surrounding country
 as an aid for the General History of
               Travel
Scale of common leagues of France
    By M.B. Marine Engineer 1757

 

Below map, info from book that it was inserted into.

(LL) Tom XIV in 4o. No. 12        (LR) Tome 14 in 8o Page 1ere

Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Georgia, Carolina.

Interesting details in the Map:

  • Apaches of the Seven-Rivers (New-Mexico), Osages, Cheraquis...
  • 'These countries and the Savage Nations are little known' (middle of Louisiana)
  • location of Forts (including French): Ft. St.John, Ft. St.Nicolas, Fr Sandoske, F Mosquitos...
  • early settlements: Santa Fe, Savana, Biloxi...

The map highlights the unknown region in Northern Texas & the Native American Territories, between the Mississippi and Rio Grande. The first settlements west of New Orleans along the Gulf Coast and the interior of Texas are shown, along with the courses of a number of rivers.

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

Two vertical folds, as issued. Some yellowing along outer upper/right edge. Bit darkening along one fold.

Map image measures 8.0 x 11.5 inches / 20.5 x 29.5 cm. 

Will ship rolled inside tube.

 

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.

WIKIPEDIA