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A map of the British Empire in America with the French, Spanish and the Dutch settlements adjacent thereto by Henry Popple [cartographic material]  





Place of creation


1 map : hand col ; 55 x 50 cm on sheet 69 x 56 cm.

Scope and content

This map represents the upper left portion of the Popple map and centres on the Great lakes region.

Cartographic material
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f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC104571
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection Item #173
Cartographic material
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173 Item no. assigned by LAC 173
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H1/1000/[1737] Copy D

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Copper plate engraving.

Henry Popple produced this map under the auspices of the Lord Commissioners of Trade and Plantations to help settle disputes arising from the rival expansions of English, Spanish and French colonies. "France claimed not only Canada, but also territories drained by the Mississippi and its tributaries - in practical terms, an area of half a continent" The thrust of British mapmaking after 1718 was to establish her presence cartographically on the French. Hence the title "The British Empire in America..."Nevertheless, in making the map, Popple used the best available geographical information: Colonel Barnwell's map of the southeast; De L'Isle's "Carte de la Louisiane"; Cadwallader Colden's map of the Iroquois nations, and seems to have come up with a map that did not please imperialistic British viewers as much as it did those who only wanted an accurate depiction. The result was and is a vast map of North America never before delineated in such detail, and a source of delight and intrigue.

The following title appears above the margin: Nouvelle carte particulière de l'Amerique, ou sont exactment marquèes, une partie de la Baye D'Hudson, le pays des Kilistions, la source de la Grande Rivière de Mississippi, le pays des Illinois &c.

The following text appears in a decorative cartouche in the upper right corner of the map: " Mr. Popple undertook his map with the Approbation of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, and great care has been taken by comparing all the maps, charts, and observations that could be found especially the authentic records & actual surveys transmitted to their Lord Ships, by the Governors of the British Plantations, in formes maps, and the original drawings of this having been shewn to the learned Dr. Edmund Halley, Professor of Astronomy in the University of Oxford, and F.R.S. he was pleased to give his opinion of it in words following: I have seen the above mentioned map wich as far as I am judge seems to have been laid down with great accuracy and to shew the positions of the different Provinces & islands in that Part of the Globe more truly than any yet extant " Edmund Halley.

Initials I K s appears in bottom right margin.

From: Covens and Mortier's "Atlas nouveau contenant toutes les parties du monde, ou sont exactment marqueés les empires, morachies, royaumes, états républiques &c. (1683-1761), v. 9, no. 41.

Relief shown pictorially.

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

Related materials
For other copies and editions and related material see: G1105 .P66 1733 - fol. (AMICUS No. 17092027) ;G3310 1733.P66 - H2 (AMICUS No. 31542952) ;G3300 1733 .P66 (AMICUS No. 32990224)(NMC 97601 (sect. 21) ; H1/1000/[1737] Copy C (NMC 14342) ; H1/1000/[1737] Copy E (NMC 14344) ; H1/1000/[1737] Index copy 1 (NMC 14345) ; H1/1000/[1737] Index copy 2 (NMC 14346) ; H1/1000/[1737] Copy B 4 sections (NMC 14343) ; Mikan 181826 (G2200/1733/P66/H2)(NMC 97601) ; Mikan 616703 (G3310/1733/.P66) ; Mikan 3720183 ; Mikan 3720186

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterimate.

Citation / reference note
Phillips, Entry 3448, Vo. 9, no 41
Cumming, William "Southeat in early Maps, Entry no 231, p. 205
Kershaw, Entry 338
Phillips " A list of maps of America in the Library of Congress', Pt 2, p. 569.
Koeman, v.2 , Entry C&M 8, no 108

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC 104571

Exhibitions note
Over the Rockies: The Discovery & Mapping of the Canadian West 1700-1886. An Exhibition held at the The Royal Ontario Museum, March and April, 1956

Subject heading

1. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. Great Britain - Colonies - America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. France - Colonies - America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
4. Spain - Colonies - America - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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