Covens & Mortier - Carte De La Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi
Size: 23.5 x 17.5 inches
Title: 'Carte De La Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi Dressee sur un grand nombre de Memoirs entr' autres sur ceux de Mr. Le Maire . . .'
A seminal map based on De L'Isle's map of 1701covering the Mississippi River extending from the Rocky Mountains to the English colonies.
The map includes the routes of the explorations De Soto, Tonty, Moscoso, Denis, and Cavelier as well as notes the locations of various Native American tribes and French forts. Delisle’s map was the first to name Texas (Mission de los Tejas) as well as New Orleans. An inset of the Mississippi Delta and Mobile Bay fills the lower right corner, titled Carte Particuliere des Embouchures de la Riviere S. Louis et de la Mobile.
De L'Isle's map was designed for the political purpose of invalidating the English claims west of the Appalachian Mountains and laid claim to Carolina by the French, which provoked an angry English response (including maps by Herman Moll). The map had an immense impact on the history of cartography. Of course while the French used maps like these to lay claim to vast amounts of new land across America, they had very little control over the land within their maps and the millions of Native Americans that the territory was home to.
In very good condition with original centrefold.