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Thevenot, Melchisedec [First Map of the Mississippi River].
Carte de la decouverte faite l'an dans l'Amerique Septentrionale
1682. Paris. Louis Jolliet. 393 x 165 mm. Trimmed a little close at the bottom edge, with latitude numbers just touching the edge of the paper in- The First Map of the Mississippi River, based upon the cartographic renderings of Jolliet and Marquette, published in Thevenot's Recueil de Voyages in 1682. It became the earliest separate map to depict the expedition of Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette down the Mississippi River. In 1663, the French government began a more systematized effort to search for furs, minerals, and a shorter route to China. The initial objective was locating the Mississippi River, whose existence was known through Indian reports. An expedition was sent out under the command of Louis Jolliet, a fur trader and explorer, and the Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette. Jolliet and Marquette left Green Bay in May 1673, and by following the courses of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers, reached the upper Mississippi River. Continuing south, they discovered the mouths of the Missouri, Ohio, and Arkansas rivers, before turning back out of fear of encountering a Spanish force. On the return trip, they found a short cut to Lake Michigan by following the Illinois and Des Plaines rivers to a portage at Chicago. Several manuscript maps survive based on the discoveries of the Jolliet and Marquette expedition. This map was first adapted for inclusion in Melchisedech Thevenot's Recueil des Voyages, Paris, 1681. It shows for the first time on a printed map the Mississippi and its tributaries north of the Arkansas based upon first-hand observation. The depiction … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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