Didier ROBERT DE VAUGONDY.

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France’s Claims in North America, Boldly Stated
[Paris, 1755]



Northeast/ Old Northwest/ South.  ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Didier.  [Paris, 1755] Amerique Septentrionale, dressee, sur les Relations les plus modernes des Voyageurs et Navigateurs   18 ¾ x 22 ¾ inches.  Original outline color; excellent condition.                                                          


First state of an important map of a soon to be contested part of North America, produced by France’s pre-eminent mapmaker just prior to the French and Indian War.  It contains then recently updated cartography for Canada, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi – all areas within the French sphere of influence.  Vaugondy’s delineation of political borders between French and English-held territories was highly skewed in the French favor; he parceled out a relatively tiny portion of land for New England and was aggressive in defining French borders in Canada. To the south, he depicted the Carolinas as a Spanish possession. The French and English had already come to blows during King George’s War in 1744; looking at this map, it is unsurprising that they would do so again in 1756.


Pedley, Bel et Utile, no. 448, state 1.

Price: $975.00

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