CARTE DE LA LOUISIANE ET DU COURS DU MISSISSIPPI Dressee sur un grand nombre de Memoires entrautres sur ceux de Mr le Maire Par Guillaume DeLisle de l’Academie Rle des Sciences

In 1718, the same year a French merchant company laid the foundations for the city of New Orleans, Guillame Delisle (or DeLisle) published this map of Louisiana and the course of the Mississippi River. The signature reads “a Paris Chez l’Auteur le Sr Delisle sur le Quay de l’Horloge avec Privilege du Roy Juin 1718.” An inset at lower right shows the mouth of the Mississippi River; the text here reads “CARTE PARTICULIERE DES EMBOUCHURES DE LA RIVIE S. LOUIS ET DE LA MOBILE.”
This map extends from 26° to 46° latitude north, and from 271° to 306° longitude west from Paris. It shows numerous Indian settlements as well as routes followed by such explorers as DeSoto, Deni, Cavier, and de Tonty. It helped bolster the French claim to ownership of this part of North America. And it was widely copied.
Ref: R. V. Tooley, “French Mapping of the Americas,” Map Collectors Circle 33 (1967).
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France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 21 3/4 in x 30 3/4 in; 55.245 cm x 78.105 cm
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
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National Museum of American History


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