A New Map of the North Parts of America Claimed by France under ye Names of Louisiana, Mississipi [i.e. Mississippi], Canada, and New France with ye Adjoining Territories of England and Spain | Map or Atlas | Wisconsin Historical Society

Map or Atlas

A New Map of the North Parts of America Claimed by France under ye Names of Louisiana, Mississipi [i.e. Mississippi], Canada, and New France with ye Adjoining Territories of England and Spain

A New Map of the North Parts of America Claimed by France under ye Names of Louisiana, Mississipi [i.e. Mississippi], Canada, and New France with ye Adjoining Territories of England and Spain | Map or Atlas | Wisconsin Historical Society
This map of North America shows cities, rivers, lakes, and a few topographical features, complete with numerous descriptive blocks of text about expeditions, Native Americans, and the condition of the land throughout. There are two inset maps: "The Harbour of Annapolis Royal," and "A Map of ye Mouth of Mississippi and Mobile Rivers, &c." In the top left corner Moll included a detailed engraving of the Indian fort Sasquesahanok, which, according to a map by Guillaume De L'Isle that Moll references in his own cartouche, marked the division between French and British territories. The boundaries between French, Spanish, and English claims are clearly marked, French as blue, English as yellow, and Spanish as red as explained in the Advertisement to the right of Florida. Both in this advertisement and in the title cartouche, Moll particularly emphasizes the encroachment of French claims on the English, and cautions that the French were claiming lands inhabited by the Cherokees and Iroquois, "ye most powerfull of all ye neighbouring Indian Nations, the old friends and allies of the English, who ever esteemed them to be the bulwark and security of all their plantations in North America." One particularly interesting feature of this map is the inclusion of a scale of English miles for longitude, with an explanation of how to use it in order to easily determine the distance between places.
DESCRIPTION
This map of North America shows cities, rivers, lakes, and a few topographical features, complete with numerous descriptive blocks of text about expeditions, Native Americans, and the condition of the land throughout. There are two inset maps: "The Harbour of Annapolis Royal," and "A Map of ye Mouth of Mississippi and Mobile Rivers, &c." In the top left corner Moll included a detailed engraving of the Indian fort Sasquesahanok, which, according to a map by Guillaume De L'Isle that Moll references in his own cartouche, marked the division between French and British territories. The boundaries between French, Spanish, and English claims are clearly marked, French as blue, English as yellow, and Spanish as red as explained in the Advertisement to the right of Florida. Both in this advertisement and in the title cartouche, Moll particularly emphasizes the encroachment of French claims on the English, and cautions that the French were claiming lands inhabited by the Cherokees and Iroquois, "ye most powerfull of all ye neighbouring Indian Nations, the old friends and allies of the English, who ever esteemed them to be the bulwark and security of all their plantations in North America." One particularly interesting feature of this map is the inclusion of a scale of English miles for longitude, with an explanation of how to use it in order to easily determine the distance between places.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:123270
Creation Date:circa 1720
Creator Name:Moll, Herman
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Collection Name:Map Collection
Genre:Map or Atlas
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:D GX81 1720 M
Original Dimensions:60 x 100 cm., on sheet 63 x 103 cm
SUBJECTS
Engraving
Cities and towns
Cherokee Indians
Dwellings
Iroquois Indians
Maps
International relations
Exploration
Harbors
Lakes
Ocean
Rivers

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