Item MAP 711 - Carte de L'Isle Royale 1744

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Carte de L'Isle Royale 1744

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Carte de L'Isle Royale - Dressèe par N. Bellin, Ingénieur de la Marine 1744

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Map of the Isle Royale - Drawn up by N. Bellin, Marine Engineer 1744

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CA BI MAP 711

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1 map: col. ; 24 x 27 cm

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(1703-1772)

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Jacques Nicolas Bellin was appointed hydrographer (chief cartographer) to the French Navy at the age of 18 in 1721. He was eventually named the official hydrographer to King Louis XV. A member of the French intellectual group, the philosophes, Bellin's work was known for intellectual rigour and high quality often copied by other cartographers. His maps set a high standard of production and accuracy and were often copied by other cartographers. During his term in office he was commissioned to carry out major coastal surveys. In 1764 he published the Petit Atlas Maritime in 5 volumes.

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This item is a hand-coloured map of Isle Royale (Cape Breton Island) by Jacques Nicolas Bellin from the Petit Atlas Maritime published in 1764. During the French colonial period, permanent settlement on Isle Royale grew to 4000. This map shows changes in place names reflecting the French and Mi'kmaw presence.

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