1720 Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae...
Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae A R.P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss In America Septentrionali Anno 1687 . . .
By: Johann Baptiste Homann
Date: 1720 (circa) Nuremberg
Dimensions: 19 x 22.75 inches (48.3 x 57.8 cm)
Often referred to as the ‘Buffalo Map’, this important, highly detailed Homann map of the Mississippi River Valley depicts the same territory as the 1718 map by Guillaume de l’Isle, but enlarged to include New England.
This beautifully colored iconic map of the Mississippi River Valley by Johann Baptiste Homann is commonly referred to as the ‘Buffalo Map’ due to its decorative vignettes depicting the American Bison and Niagara Falls, both of which had long been objects of fascination for 18th century Europeans.
The materials on which the map was based came from a variety of sources, including the findings of various exploratory expeditions, and in fact the map was dedicated to Louis Hennepin, the Franciscan monk cum explorer who, along with René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explored the territories of the Great Lakes and went on to author the first published description of those territories.
The Buffalo Map is highly detailed, providing a wealth of information regarding the New World, its geography and its indigenous inhabitants. It also provides abundant information concerning the ever-increasing number of forts, settlements, towns and cities which were springing up as European powers contended for dominion in the New World.
Overland routes of early explorers such as de Soto are included, as is the Natchez Trace. The names of countless indigenous peoples throughout the entire area covered by the map are painstakingly noted, along with their settlements, villages and territories.
The Atlantic coast is depicted in great detail with ports and river systems rendered and named, with even Cape Fear (thus named in 1585) duly noted. Notes abound throughout the map describing a wide variety of historical events.
The map is embellished by two lovely cartouches, one in the lower right quadrant featuring an American Bison and two Native Americans. The title cartouche features Louis Hennepin, another bison, the cataract at Niagara Falls, and a large beaver colony near the Falls.
Condition: This hand colored map is in A condition. A slight centerfold separation has been repaired and the centerfold reinforced with archival material on the verso.
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