Map size in jpg-format: 46.5871MiB
Click to open in high resolution (open in new tab).
Striking full-color example of Homann's map of the Course of the Mississippi River, based upon the reports of Hennepin, who explored the upper Mississippi and Great Lakes regions as a Jesuit Missionary in the late 1600s.
The map follows the work of De L’Isle in his seminal map covering the same region. The Mississippi is oddly misprojected, with the Ohio and several other rivers splitting to the east and tracking near a vignette showing Indians hunting long-horn buffalo.
The western rivers, including the Missouri, are equally inaccurate. The map shows a number of explorers’ routes throughout the southwest and Louisiana and annotations regarding various regions. Many Indian Tribes and early forts named. Florida is an archipelago. Nice detail in Texas.
The title cartouche shows Father Hennepin with allegorical figures depicting his exploration of the New World.. The vignette shows an early representation of an American bison flanked by Indians.
Homann’s “Louisiana Province” is one of the most attractive early maps of the American interior, as well as being politically provocative. The map illustrates the eastern half of the future United States, focusing on the region called “La Louisiane,” control of which was actively contested by Spain and France throughout the 1700s.
Homann’s maps is drawn from Guillaume De L'Isle’s seminal Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi of 1718. Delisle’s labeling of the territory west of the Appalachians as La Louisiane assumed a French proprietorship that provoked angry protests from the Spanish and British governments. Homann repeated the label on the present map, thus perpetuating a cartographic battle in which the mapmakers of each country issued publications showing their preferences toward political claims.
The map includes a very early form of the word Texas, seen in the legend reading Mission de las Teyas, etablie en 1716 near present-day San Antonio. Routes of early explorers are shown and dated, with the locations of Indian tribes and of many early settlements.
Homann dedicated the map to the French priest Louis Hennepin, who explored the Great Lakes regions and claimed to have reached the mouth of the Mississippi River. The dedication is actually a reinforcement of French proprietorship of the Louisiana region.
One of the most interesting and decorative regional maps of America from the period.
If you are a student, write to us in telegram: @antiquemaps and indicate what material you need and for what work you need a map in high detail. We are ready to provide material on special terms. For students only!