PHELIPPEAUX, Rene (1748-1784)
Carte Generale des Colonies Angloises dans l'Amerique Septentrionale ... d'apres les manuscrits de plusieurs auteurs Angloises, pour servir de suite au Theatre de la Guerre par M. Brion de la Tour ...
Paris: chez Esnauts et Rapilly, 1778. Engraved map, period hand-colouring in outline. Inset map of Florida and the Caribbean. Sheet size: 20 3/4 x 30 1/8 inches.
Rare separately-issued map of the British Colonies during the American Revolution.
France's entry into the American War of Independence in 1778 engendered great interest among the French public for maps of the region. Phelippeaux here depicts the theatre of war, showing the region from Hudson's Bay in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south and far west well beyond the Mississippi River. Cartographically, the map generally follows John Mitchell's famous map, depicting the region in good detail, with many towns, roads, forts and Indian villages identified. French Louisiana extends eastwards as far as the Appalachian Mountains and westward well into territories claimed by Spain; the original British Colonial grant for Virginia and Carolina are shown extending westward to the edge of the map. The cession of Louisiana west of the Mississippi to Spain is not depicted. However, the cession of Upper Louisiana to the British under the 1763 Treaty of Paris, is clearly shown. The decorative cartouche, engraved by E. Voysard, shows the title on a banner hung from two trees, with battle flags on either side and a large cannon and battery in the foreground. The title suggests that this "Carte Generale" was issued as a sister map to Brion de la Tour's "Carte du Théatre de la Guerre entre les Anglais et les Américains: Dressée d'après les Cartes Anglaises les plus modernes" (1777).
Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 151; cf. McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 777.18.