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General map of America divided into North and South and West Indies with the newest discoveries
General map of America divided into North and South and West Indies with the newest discoveries
TitleGeneral map of America divided into North and South and West Indies with the newest discoveries
Date of Original1772
DescriptionA view of North and South America from 1772 including actual and conjectural cartography.
Ordering Informationhttp://www.history.nd.gov/archives/rscopypermission.html
General SubjectMaps, stamps and seals
Subject (LCTGM)Maps
Discovery & exploration
LocationNorth America
South America
West Indies
Decade1770-1779
Item NumberMap 970.03 G3263 1772
Format of OriginalMaps
Dimensions of Original49 x 53 cm.
Publisher of OriginalRobert Sayer
Place of PublicationLondon (England)
NotesRelief show pictorially.
Prime meridian: Ferro.
Scale 1:50, 000, 000.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
Biography/HistoryThe 1772 map offers more detail for the northern plains. The Red River of the North is identified, but it appears to flow from the east and the mapmaker notes "its course is little known." The Red River appears to be among the "sources of the Mississippi" which today we know to be incorrect. The "Nation of the Snake" is the name given to the Sioux or Lakota and Dakota peoples. The Mandan are mentioned in relation to a river, "which is supposed to be the same as the Missouri." Lake Ouinnipique offers us one of many different spellings of Winnipeg. The mapmaker did not refrain from drawing the River of the West, which was supposed to carry travelers from the plains to the Pacific Ocean, but it was only the dream of explorers.
Though this map indicates international interest in North and South America and suggests the potential for commercial exploitation, it is inaccurate by hundreds of miles. Mapmakers of this time period were still struggling to find the tools for locating longitude and latitude properly on a flat map.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Map Collection
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (Map 970.03 G3263 1772)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
LanguageEnglish
Digital IDshMap970.03G32631772
OCLC number48746874
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