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Samuel de Champlain’s General Maps of New France

18 Oct

Champlain’s maps and more! Great blog, too, btw! – tk

Library and Archives Canada Blog

In the fall of 1612, Samuel de Champlain had an engraving of his first detailed map of New France made in Paris. The map contained new geographic information, based on his own explorations from 1603 onward. The site of Montreal is clearly identified. Using information obtained from Aboriginal peoples, he was able to include previously uncharted areas, such as Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls. He also made use of other maps to depict certain regions, including Newfoundland. Although the engraving was made in 1612, the map was not published until the following year as an appendix to Voyages, Champlain’s 1613 account of his journeys.

While back in France in the summer of 1613, Champlain had an engraving made of a second version of a general map that he had begun the previous year, which he also published in his 1613 book. In that map, he incorporated his most recent…

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Canadian-related Links, postaday, Reblogged

 

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5 responses to “Samuel de Champlain’s General Maps of New France

  1. afterthekidsleave

    October 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Did you ever read the story in The Beaver (which later became Canada’s History) about how Champlain was actually a spy for the French king? Interesting stuff, and puts the maps in a whole new perspective!

     
    • tkmorin

      October 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      No, I haven’t … I had to let that subscription because of cost, but I now intend to check that out .. It sounds very intriguing! Thanks! 🙂

       
      • afterthekidsleave

        October 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        It was a couple of years ago–really interesting article.

         
        • tkmorin

          October 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

          Wl, it sounds really cool, so I am pretty sure I’ll want to write about it! Thank you so much again! 🙂

           

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