Lahontan Great Lakes 1706


Baron de Lahontan.  “Carte Generale de Canada a Petit Point.”  From Illustrations de Voyages du Baron De la Hontan dans l’Amérique septen-trionale.  La Haye: C. Delo, 1706.  First state.  3 1/3 x 5 1/2.  Engraving.  Narrow margins as issued.  Light stain at right.  Overall, very good condition.

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A charming map by Baron de Lahontan, who spent a number of years in the Great Lakes region with the French army.  The map focuses on the Great Lakes, showing the French settlements and forts, as well as the river systems which were so important to the French trade network.  The British settlements (“Pais des Anglois”) to the east are also shown, including Boston, New York (“Manat”) and an unnamed Albany, with the border between the French and English colonies indicated.  Of particular interest is the “Pais des Iroquois” marked out in today’s central New York.  A unusual and interesting map of the region in the early days of both the French and British colonies in America.