Beautiful old coloured example of Covens & Mortier's edition of Guillaume De L'Isle important map of the Mississippi Valley with the Great Lakes, the most significant map of this area published in the 18th century..
De l'Isle's map was seminal in the history of mapping North America. The depiction of the Mississippi Valley was greatly improved over earlier maps, with Texas mentioned for the first time in the first state and New Orleans named for the first time in the second state of the plate. References to the expeditions of Hernando de Soto, René Robert Cavelier, and Alphonse de Tonty are also mentioned for the first time. Included are locations of various Indian tribes and French forts.
Covens & Mortier used the second state of the De l'Isle map as a template. Above the title line, below right a detailed map of the Mississippi River Delta and Mobile Bay.
|Cartographer||Covens and Mortier|
|Title||Carte De La Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi|
|Publisher, Year||Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730|
|Plate Size||45.0 x 60.0 cm (17.7 x 23.6 inches)|
|Sheet Size||53.0 x 63.5 cm (20.9 x 25.0 inches)|
|Reference||Cumming, W.P.: The Southeast in Early Maps, No. 208; Tooley, R.V.: The Mapping of America, p. 22.|
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