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French Mapping of New York and New England

Author(s): Allen, David Y.

Journal: Coordinates : Online Journal of the Map and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association. Series A
ISSN 1553-3247

Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Jacques Nicolas Bellin | Francesco Bressani | Cartography | Samuel de Champlain | colonial maps | exploration | French maps | Guillaume de L'Isle | Guilaume Delisle | Jean-Baptiste Louis Franquelin | Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Léry | maps | New England | New France | New York State | Nicolas Sanson

This article focuses on colonial-era French mapping of the region between the French and British settlements in what is now the northeastern United States. This area was largely dominated by Iroquoian and Algonquian Indians, many of whom were allied with the French. In comparison to to the Dutch and British colonists, the French produced remarkably detailed and accurate maps of this region. These maps contain a wealth of information about Indian settlements, trade routes, and military activities during the colonial period.
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