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Amplissima regionis Mississipi seu provinciæ Ludovicianæ â R.P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss. in America septentrionali anno 1687 detectæ, nunc Gallorum coloniis et actionum negotiis toto orbe celeberrimæ, Nova tabula [cartographic material] / 



Place of creation


1 map : ill., hand col. ; 47 x 56 cm on sheet 55 x 62 cm.

Scope and content

The map covers an area from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake of the Woods and from Cape Cod to the Rio Grande. The colonial possessions of France, England and Spain are coloured differently. The map is well annotated with explorers' routes outlined. Numerous settlements named. Some of the Native American tribes are indentified including: the Sioux, the Miami's, Iroquois, the Conchatez, the Cheraqui, the Quicapou. Various homes and buildings represented, including Fort St. Louis, the Route of de SotoWheat, Transmississippi West 144.

Cartographic material
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Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC191039
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection Item # 159
Cartographic material
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159 Item no. assigned by LAC 159
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Additional information

Copperplate engraving.

Relief shown pictorially.

Includes an uncolored title cartouche, which shows Father Louis Hennepin with allegorical figures related to the exploration of the New World and below them a famous view of Niagara Falls. Also includes an uncolored vignette, of buffalo flanked by Indians.

Homann dedicated this map to the French priest Louis Hennepin, who explored the Great Lakes regions and claimed to have reached the mouth of the Mississippi River. The dedication is actually a reinforcement of French proprietorship of the Louisiana region. Hennepin also claimed to have made the first drawing of Niagara Falls, an accomplishment recognized on the map by the inclusion of a much-copied view of the falls pictured below the title cartouche featuring Hennepin.

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

Related materials
For other copies see H2/900/[1720] (NMC 24544) ; A/900/[1720] (NMC 24545) ; G/1015/.H5/1745 fol. vault (vol. 1. sheet [22]) (AMICUS 2630661) ; G4042 M5 S4 1719 xxfol. no. 4 (AMICUS No. 13179403)

Cartographic math data
Scale [ca. 1: 6 500 000]

Cartographic math note
Includes 2 bar scales: Milliaria Germanica 15 in uno gradu -- Lieues francais.

Citation / reference note
LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, Entry 102.
Phillips, Entry 622, vol.1, no 139.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC 191039

Language note
Text in Latin and French.

Subject heading

1. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. United States - Louisiana - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. Louisiana - Maps - Early works to 1800.
4. Florida - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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