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Chart of the northern passage between Asia & America [cartographic material] 


between 1817 - 1827]



Place of creation


1 map : hand col. ; 47 x 58 cm on sheet 52 x 72 cm.

Scope and content

Chart of the Bering Straits, showing the tracks of the ships of Bering and Cook, as well as recent discoveries around Vancouver Island. Inland are the routes of MacKenzie from Slave Lake north to the Arctic Sea and west to the Pacific Ocean near Queen Charlotte's Sound.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27761
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #581.
Cartographic material
90: Open
581 Item no. assigned by LAC 581
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada. Copyright expired.

Additional information

Relief shown by hachures, depths shown by soundings.

Upper right margin "74".

Shows the exploration routes of Capt. Cook in 1778 & 1179 and other explorers such as MacKenzie in 1789.

From: Thomson's new general altas: consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe, and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the world.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Related materials
For copies of the Thomson's new general atlas see: G1019/.N423/1827/fol/Vault (AMICUS No 26305957) ; G1019/.N423/1833/fol/Vault (AMICUS No 26305958)

Citation / reference note
Phillips, Entry 731, no 74.
Phillips, Entry 731, no 74.
Phillips, Entry 3545, no 74.

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 27761.

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, March and April 1956 entitled Over the Rockies: The Discovery & Mapping of the Canadian West 1700-1886 showcasing MacDonald's Collection.

Subject heading

1. North Pacific Ocean - Maps.
2. Bering Sea - Maps.