Map of Colonial Eastern North America, Caribbean, & Bermuda (1720)


Map of Colonial Eastern North America, Caribbean, & Bermuda (1720)


Measurements: (unframed): 15.5 x 20.5 inches ( 39.4 x 52.1 cm)

Date: 1720

Condition:  B+

On a watermarked sheet with faint toning and offsetting.


A very interesting folio sheet containing seven maps inset into panels of French text. The largest map, Carte de la Jamaique Nouvelle... (9 x 5.7"), shows the island in great detail and includes a large inset of the Gulf of Mexico and West Indies. The other maps illustrate Barbados, Bermuda, and the British colonies in North America (in four regional maps, including Chatelain's only map to exclusively focus on New England). Together these maps cover all of the regions colonized by the English at the early part of the 18th century.

Carte qui Contient une Description des Iles & Terres que les Anglois Possedent dans l'Amerique Septentrionale, et en Particulier de la Jamaique...

(A map which contains a description of the land and islands owned by the English in North America and in particular Jamaica.)

Map taken from: Atlas Historique

Cartographer: Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1783)

Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1783) was a French cartographer and publisher whose seminal seven-volume Atlas Historique — published in Amsterdam between 1705 and 1720 — is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Golden Age of French mapmaking. An ambitious and innovative work of encyclopedic proportions, the Atlas Historique combined elegant engraving and artwork with a wealth of historical, political, and genealogical scholarship. Many of Chatelain’s maps were based on templates created by noted French cartographer Guillaume De L’Isle (1675-1726) — respected for his accuracy and knowledge of the newly explored Americas — and reflected the most reliably sourced travel accounts of the period. Designed for use by the general public, the Atlas’ uncomplicated design and focus on the emergent discoveries and colonies in distant parts of the globe appealed to a European audience anxious to ascertain up-to-date, well-documented information about the world’s rapidly evolving geopolitical contours.

Contemporary academic references cited relating to this map:

McCorkle #719.3.

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