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Bellin, Jacques Nicolas (1703-72)
Partie Occidental de la Nouvelle France ou
Paris: Bellin, 1755
Copperplate engraving, 49x 62cm.
1. Great Lakes Region--Maps--Early works to
2. New France--Maps--Early works to 1800.
3. Canada--Maps--Early works to 1800
4. New York
(State)--Maps--Early works to 1800.
1. Scale ca. 1:3,500,000
2. Image scanned from a 4 x 5" transparency
of a copy held by the National Archives of Canada. Contact National
Archives of Canada for reproduction rights.
Partie occidental de la Nouvelle France ou Canada,
Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best known and
most prolific French mapmakers of middle of the eighteenth century. As
Hydrographer to the King of France, he had access to the most recent
reports and surveys sent from New France. Bellin's depiction of western
New York reflects new explorations in the area around Lake Chautauqua and
the headwaters of the Allegheny and Genesee rivers. His portrayal of the
shoreline of Lake Ontario, which made use of French surveys conducted in
the 1720s, is somewhat improved over earlier maps. On the other hand, his
representation of the area around the Finger Lakes is somewhat less
accurate than on Guillaume de L'Isle's map of Louisiana made in 1718. By
the middle of the eighteenth century the Iroquois were unwilling to allow
European surveyors into their territory, and consequently French mapmakers
had no way of verifying the accuracy of their maps of that area.
Heidenreich, "Mapping the Great Lakes," 92-93.Return to Table of