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Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins: Bellin 1757

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  • Title: Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins
  • Author: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1757
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, issued center fold
  • Inches: 13 5/8 x 9 5/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 34.61 x 24.45 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 102143

Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins. Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages. Echelle de Lieues communes de France. Par M. B. Ing. de la Marine 1757.

"Map of Florida, Louisiana, and Neighboring Countries. To be used in the General History of Travel. Scale in common leagues of France. By M. Bellin Naval Engineer 1757."

Map of most of the present-day United States stretching from Florida to New Mexico by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772). Bellin produced a prodigious body of work over a nearly fifty-year career. Labelled cities and regions include St. Augustine, Savannah, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Toronto, Detroit, Mobile, Pensacola, New Mexico, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Topographical features include Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Superior, the Savannah, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers, and the Appalachian Mountains. Bellin also labels the locations of various Native tribes such as the Cherokees, Osages, and Apaches, as well as locations of major forts.

Appointed hydrographer of the French Navy at the age of eighteen, Bellin eventually became Hydrographer to the King in 1741. He published numerous sea atlases and charts which would be reprinted into the nineteenth century, as well as many maps depicting French colonial territories in the New World. His craftsmanship and commitment to accuracy earned him a distinguished reputation as one of the world's leading cartographers, and many other European mapmakers turned to him for source material.