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Shows Hudson Bay, the Missouri river and the Great Lakes, extending down as far south as New York, with a large title cartouche showing the banks of the Missouri with natives holding fishing nets and bows. The text below refers to the discovery of the river by the 'Signor di Lahontan.'
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Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
An interesting and rare map of Canada as it was known circa 1708. Shown on the map are all the major land forms and water bodies known at the time. Most of the fictitious physical features, commonly held to exist in the early 18th century, are also indicated. The map is based directly on Guillaume De l'Isle's 1708 revision of his 1703 map of Canada. This map, however, has the title, legends and place names translated to Italian. G. Albrizzi, a Venetian map publisher, published the map in 1750 in his De l'Isle atlas entitled: Atlante Novissimo. The map appeared as plate 40 in volume 2. The N.M.C. holds three original copies of the map. One is the coloured, single sheet copy described, another is an uncoloured single sheet, and the third is an uncoloured copy bound in a copy of: Atlante Novissimo.
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Mickwitz - Miekkavaara, v.1, Entry 64, v. 2, map no 
Phillips, Entry 594, v. 2 map no 40
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Canada - Maps - Early works to 1800.
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