OTTENS, Reinier (1698-1750) & Josua OTTENS (1704-65)
Carte Des Possessions Angloises & Francoises Du Continent De L'Amerique Septentionale...
Amsterdam: R. and J. Ottens, . Engraved map, full period hand-colouring. Sheet size: 19 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches.
Unrecorded issue of the Ottens map of the French and English possessions, published after the Treaty which ended the French and Indian War.
In 1755, the Ottens issued a Dutch version of Jean Palairet's important map. The map showed the French and English territorial claims on the eve of the French and Indian War, with the colouring reflecting those claims. A unrecorded second issue of the map was published, however, following the Treaty of Paris which ended the war. In that issue, as in this copy, the date has been removed from the title and the colouring keys removed from either side of the scale of miles. More importantly, the colouring on the map reflects the new boundaries following the war: the English colonies are extended to the Mississippi, Louisiana is no longer coloured to be owned by France (the treaty ceding this vast region to Spain), a hashed boundary line now appears running the length of the Mississippi and extending northwest into the unexplored region presumed to be its source and a hashed boundary now divides Newfoundland and separates Labrador from British Canada. A very rare issue of the map reflecting the changing geo-political boundaries following the French and Indian War.
Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 58 (1755 issue); McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 755.9 (1755 issue); Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 575 (1755 issue).