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Title Carte de la coste de la Louisiane, depuis la Baye de St. Bernard jusqu'a celle de Saint Joseph: ou tous les ports, rades, et bons mouillages sont exactement marquez avec les sondes, et la profondeur des terres jusqu'au dessus des Natchez
Cartographer Devin, Valentin; Pauger, Adrien
Document Type Map
Description Nautical chart of the Gulf of Mexico coast from Matagorda Bay, Texas east through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to St Joseph Bay, Florida. Compiled following the 1721 expedition undertaken by Valentin Devin, Jean Béranger, and Jean-Baptiste de La Harpe in search of Robert Cavelier de La Salle's earlier landing site at Matagorda Bay; the latter expedition landed instead at Galveston Bay. Includes references A-I.
Names Béranger, Jean; La Harpe, Jean-Baptiste de
Places Louisiana, Mississippi River, Matagorda Bay, St Joseph Bay, United States
Keywords France, New France, trade, colonialism, fort
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Language French
Physical Description

1 manuscript map: hand-coloured; 314 x 929 mm, on sheet 557 x 1,000 mm.

Pen-and-ink and watercolour (green, brown, red, blue); mounted on cloth.

Additional Information

Anonymous copy of map by Valentin Devin probably derived from earlier work by Adrien Pauger; see Jackson, J., Manuscript maps concerning the Gulf Coast (Chicago: Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, 1995) p. 36, no. 175.

Sheet 78 of 115 numbered leaves in the Cartes Marines Manuscript Map Collection, detailing French colonial interests worldwide. Compiled c.1640-c.1726, probably under the direction of prominent members of the Besenval family, who served as high military officers and diplomats for the French crown, the maps detail French colonial interests in the style of military and naval cartographers. Most sheets are anonymous and undated. Bound together in 1727 as an atlas comprised of 117 numbered leaves; maps later disbound and mounted on cloth. All sheets are drawn with pen-and-ink and watercolour; most were previously folded. Each leaf catalogued individually.

A variant manuscript copy is held by the Library of Congress (G3860 1732 .C Vault). Another variant (location unknown) was partially reproduced in Villiers du Terrage, Marc de, 'Les indiens du Texas et les expeditions françaises de 1720 et 1721 à la Baie Saint-Bernard' in the Journal de la Société des Américanistes de Paris, N.S. v. 11, no. 2 (1919), pl. 4, opposite p. 417.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT drawer Ayer MS map 30 sheet 78
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue