Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae a R. P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss In America Septentrionali Anno 1687. Detectae nunc Gallorum Coloniis et Actionum Negotiis toto Orbe celeberrimae,
|Title||Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae a R. P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss In America Septentrionali Anno 1687. Detectae nunc Gallorum Coloniis et Actionum Negotiis toto Orbe celeberrimae, |
|Detailed view (zoom)||http://content.lib.washington.edu/mapsweb/images/Viewer/G4010_1759_H60.html |
|Cartographer||Homann, Johann Baptist, 1663-1724|
|Century Published||18th century|
|Publication Date||c. 1763 |
|Publisher||Homann Erben (Firm)|
|Place of Publication||Germany--Augsburg |
|Original Source||Seutter, Matthaeus. "Atlantis Geographicus Maior, " [Grosser Atlas]. Pts. 1 and 2. Nuremberg: Homann Erben, 1734-1781? |
|Descriptive Notes||Copper engraving handcolored with watercolor.|
Relief shown pictorially.
Printed in cartouche in upper left corner:
"Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae a R. P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss In America Septentrionali Anno 1687. Detectae nunc Gallorum Coloniis et Actionum Negotiis toto Orbe celeberrimae, Nova Tabula edita a Ic. Bapt. Homanno S.C.M. Geographo Norimbergae. Cum Privilegio Sac Caes. Maj."
Printed in bottom in Gulf of Mexico is a scale comparing German miles and French leagues.
Printed in bottom next to scale is a key explaining the symbols used for places such as Native American villages and waterfalls:
"Signorum Explicatio. Habitationes Indorum. Nationes deturbatae." "Nationes excisae." "Catarrhactae fluviorum aut Lacuum." "Tractus Itinerary celebriores."
Written in ink in upper right:
Written in pencil in upper right corner:
Depicts the eastern portion of present day United States including the Mississippi River and its basin, part of Canada, the Great Lakes, part of Mexico and the Bahamas. Shows most of the region as Louisiana. The rest is divided into New Mexico, Florida, Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, New England, Canada and the Bahamas. The routes of early explorers including St. Denis, Chemin, de Soto and Ionty are labeled with the dates of their exploration. There are additional notes on exploration and geography throughout the map. Of note, the Great Lakes are labeled as Lake Superior, Lake Illinois, Lake Huron or Michigan, Lake Erie or Du Chat and Lake Frontenac or Ontario. Areas occupied by Native American tribes are labeled throughout the map. Native American places names are also liberally noted. The Red River is labeled as "Riviere Rouge ou de Marne" and is shown far east of New Mexico. Between the Ohio River and the "Riviere des anciens Chaouanons ainsi nommé par ceque les Chaouanons y Habitoient autrefois" is an illustration of Native Americans hunting buffalo. In the lower right is a coat of arms and an illustration for the West India Company or Society. The coat of arms has the inscription, "Ins. Gall. Societatis Indiae Occidentalis." Beneath the coat of arms is a larger illustration of a Native American man and a woman with a baby on her back. They are standing with an oxen and a pelican is in the foreground while an opossum hangs from the coat of arms above them. In the upper left corner surrounding the title cartouche is an illustration of a native being converted by a priest. A settler behind the priest is carrying a gun. Beneath this illustration is an image of Niagara Falls.
Scale: c.a. 1:7, 200, 000.
[West 93 degrees--West 49 degrees/North 50degrees--North 23 degrees].
|Contextual Notes||Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was born in Kammlach. He was an engraver and mapseller. In 1702, he founded his own publishing house in Nuremberg. The maps and atlases published under his name became some of the most influential in the eighteenth century (Moreland and Bannister, 84). About 1707, he became a member of the Prussian royal Academy of Science. In 1715, he was appointed geographer to Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire. He worked as an engraver for Funek, Jacob von Sandrart and Scherer. His works include Atlas (1704), Neuer Atlas (1707), Grosser Atlas (1716) and Atlas Methodicus (1719). After his death, his son, Johann Christoph, took over the business and continued to run the publishing house. Following J. C.'s death, his heirs continued to run the publishing house as Homann Heirs, which lasted for nearly a century after its founding. Later works from the Homann Heirs include Grosser Atlas (1731, 1737), Kleiner Atlas, Poppelmayer's Star Atlas (1742), Geographia Maior (1759) and Atlas Hommanianus (1762). (Tooley, 308).|
According to Wheat, this map was "badly outdated." The map shows Louisiana "as late as a year or so after its transfer to Spain as still belonging to France and embracing all of Texas as far as the Rio Grande then up the Pecos, and finally spreading west around New Mexico just north of Taos" (216, map 144). Goss notes that the map is similar in structure and detail to De L'Isle's 1718 map. Unlike Wheat who dates the map as circa 1763, Goss notes its earliest publication as 1714. He notes the picture of Niagara Falls and the map's focus on several pertinent points of the era such as "French expansion, the search for routes leading to California and Mexico, the search for regions more habitable and hospitable than the cold valley of the St. Lawrence River, lands beyond English influence" and the relentless quest for "gold and silver" (110).
Goss, John. "The Mapping of North America: Three Centuries of Map-making 1600-1860." London: Wellfleet Press, 1990.
Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.
Wheat, Carl I. "Mapping the Transmississippi West." Volume 1. San Francisco: Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957.
Exploration and Discovery
Historical Illustrated Scene
Historical Illustrated Scene
United States, Southeast
|Subjects (LCSH)||North America-Maps-Early works to 1800.; Mississippi River Valley-Maps-Early works to 1800.; Louisiana-Maps-Early works to 1800. |
|Digital Collection||World and Regional Maps, 16th to the 19th centuries|
|Digital ID Number||MAP060 |
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.|
|Repository Collection||Rare Map Collection. Atlas 912 At651 (map uncataloged) |
|Physical Description||48 x 58 cm. |
|Condition||Some foxing throughout. Tape repair on verso along top on back of centerfold. Library stamp on verso with number 638003. Call number for atlas written in pencil on verso in lower right corner. Some color has bled through to verso. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original map at 600 dpi in TIFF format, resized and enhanced at 400 ppi using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using ContentDM's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008. |
|References||Goss, 110. UCLA. Wheat, 217. |