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Guillaume Delisle, North America Map, 1760s

Guillaume Delisle, North America Map, 1760s

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North America. Based on observations of Mrs. of the Royal Academy of Sciences. Scale 1:19,000,000. Hand coloured. Shows some roads of exploration, land and sea. Guillaume Delisle (February 28, 1675, January 25, 1726) was a French cartographer known for his popular and accurate maps of Europe and the newly explored Americas. Like many cartographers of his day, Delisle did not travel with the explorers. He drew maps mostly in his office, relying on a variety of data. The quality of his maps depended on a solid network to provide him first-hand information. Delisle had access to recent accounts of travellers who were returning from the New World, which gave him an advantage over his competitors. He also kept current with recent discoveries, especially in astronomy and measurement. When he could not confirm the accuracy of a source, he would indicate it clearly on his maps. Published Amsterdam, At R. & J. Ottens 1760s.

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