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Map of the Eastern Seaboard
Map of the Eastern SeaboardNicolas De Fer.
Le Canada, ou Nouvelle France, la Floride, la Virginie, Pensilvanie, Caroline, Nouvelle Angleterre et Nouvelle Yorck, I'Isle de Terre Neuve, la Louisiane et le Cours de la Riviere de Misisipi.
Paris, 1705. 235 x 345mm. Coloured. Old ink mss numeral in the top margin. North America east of the Mississippi, showing the discoveries of the French explorer la Salle around the Great Lakes and the Mississippi, 1682-4.
La Salle canoed down the Mississippi in 1682, although he did not reach the delta. He named the Mississippi basin 'La Louisiane' after Louis XIV and his wife Anne. Two years later he tried to find the mouth of the river from the Gulf of Mexico, where he founded a colony. By 1687 only 36 of the 300 colonists survived, and these mutinied, killing la Salle. The next year the remaining adults were killed by Indians and five children kidnapped. Engraved by Van Loon for the 'Atlas Curieux'.



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