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Guillaume Delisle, Mississippi River Map, 1702

Guillaume Delisle, Mississippi River Map, 1702

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17.5 x 55.9 cm ⏐ 6.9 x 22.0 in (300dpi)

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LOC / GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE SOURCE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOC / GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE SOURCE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Map of the Mississippi River: on the memoirs of Mr. Le Sueur who took all the tours and detours with the compass from the sea to the St. Pierre River, and took the pole height in several places, 1702. Pen-and-ink and watercolour. Also shows cities and towns in the Mississippi River. Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726) was a French cartographer known for his popular and accurate maps of Europe and the newly explored Americas. 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. When he could not confirm the accuracy of a source, he would indicate it clearly on his maps.

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