The Mississippi with its tributaries and settlements: a valuable testimonial to the beginnings of French exploration of North America

Map of the Mississippi

1682–1684

Map of the Mississippi

Map of the Mississippi

— 1682–1684

  1. A 17th century record of the voyage by Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce (1666–1716) exploring the Mississippi River

  2. The gorgeous map presents the entire Mississippi drainage basin, with tributaries, settlements, and more

  3. The French explorer and Baron of Lahontan gifted it to the Spanish ambassador in Lisbon, the Duque de Jovenazo

Map of the Mississippi

M.P., Florida y Luisiana, 29. Leg. Indiferente Gral. 1530 Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Alternative Titles:
  • Misisipi Map
  • Mapa del Río Misisipi
  • Map of the Mississippi dedicated to the Excelentisimo Señor Duque De Jovenazo B The Baron Of Hontan, 1629
  • Karte des Mississippi
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Short Description

A gorgeous overview map of the entire course of the Mississippi from the 17th century: the Map of the Mississippi from the collection of the Archivo General de Indias in Seville is a true treasure regarding the exploration of the North American continent. The map originates from the years 1682–1684 as a record of a voyage of discovery by Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce at the behest of the viceroy of Nueva Francia. Emulating Robert Cavelier de la Salle, Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce, the Baron of Lohanton, was to follow the course of the great river to its mouth. The Map of the Mississippi finally came into the possession of the Spanish ambassador in Lisbon, Duque de Jovenazo as a gift.

Map of the Mississippi

A gorgeous overview map of the entire course of the Mississippi from the 17th century: the Map of the Mississippifrom the collection of the Archivo General de Indias in Seville is a true treasure regarding the exploration of the North American continent. The map originates from the years 1682–1684 as a record of a voyage of discovery by Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce at the behest of the viceroy of Nueva Francia. Emulating Robert Cavelier de la Salle, Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce, the Baron of Lohanton, was to follow the course of the great river to its mouth. The Map of the Mississippi finally came into the possession of the Spanish ambassador in Lisbon, Duque de Jovenazo as a gift.

The Great North American River

The gigantic Mississippi River, which runs from north to south across practically the entire territory of United States and flows into the Gulf of Mexico, continues to fascinate to this day. Yet, how great must have been the fascination of the 16th and 17th century explorers who reconnoitered the river? The Map of the Mississippi, which is stored in the collection of the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, heralds from this epoch. The estuary of the Mississippi River was discovered in 1519 by Alfonso Àlvarez de Pineda, the additional course of the river and its numerous tributaries were explored by Hernando de Soto from 1538 to 1543. Robert Cavelier de la Salle (1643–1687) was finally the first European to reach the mouth of the Mississippi in 1682.

Voyages of Discovery at the Behest of the Viceroy of Nueva Francia

The Map of the Mississippi from the Archivo General de Indias originates from the years 1682–1684. It is dedicated to “excelentísimo Senor Duque de Jovenazo” through his “attendant, Don Armando de Arce, Baron de Lahontaan.” The map by Louis-Armand de Lom D’Arce (1666–1716), Baron of Lahontan, who followed the course of the river to its mouth at the behest of the viceroy of Nueva Francia (modern-day Canada). The Baron of Lahontan gained a large part of his information from Robert Cavelier de la Salle’s journal during the second journey. After his return, the Baron of Lahontan presented the map of his voyage of exploration along the Mississippi together with the previously-mentioned journal to the Spanish ambassador in Lisbon, the Duque de Jovenazo.

Tributaries, Settlements, and the Grandiose River

The gorgeous Map of the Mississippipresents the entire region of the massive American river on a sheet measuring 74.5 x 52.5 cm. The tributaries of the Mississippi were also recorded in detail. Between them lies the settlements of the indigenous population, in addition to a few splendid ships underway on the river. Numerous notes in Spanish give additional explanations. One finds indications of the title of the map, its dedication, and the one who commissioned it in the lower-left corner. A coat of arms (probably that of the Duque de Jovenazo) in the form of a compass rose adorns these achievments. An inscription gives information about the date of origin and additional background information about this splendid map. Information about the depictions and explanations of the map are collected in contoured boxes in the upper-left and lower-right corners, e.g. the various settlements, forts, ways, and lakes. The scale ratio of the map is indicated by means of a red scale on the lower-left half of the sheet.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Misisipi Map
Mapa del Río Misisipi
Map of the Mississippi dedicated to the Excelentisimo Señor Duque De Jovenazo B The Baron Of Hontan, 1629
Karte des Mississippi
Size / Format
1 map / 74.5 × 52.5 cm
Date
1682–1684
Language
Script
Cursiva
Content
Overview map of the entire course of the Mississippi and its tributaries
Previous Owners
1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Map of the Mississippi“

Mapa del Río Misisipi Facsimile

Map of the Mississippi – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
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Mapa del Río Misisipi Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Testimonio Compañía Editorial – Madrid, 2008
Binding
Gold embossed silk covered leather portfolio
Commentary
1 volume by María Concepción Contel Barea and María A. Colomar
Language: Spanish
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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