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A Map of America
1801
Publisher:Published by Alexander MacKenzie , Scottish, 1764 - 1820
Engraving; black printer's ink and red and yellow watercolor on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 17 1/4 x 30 5/8in. (43.8 x 77.8cm) Platemark (height x width): 31 3/8in. (79.7cm) Sheet (height x width): 19 1/8 x 31 1/2in. (48.6 x 80cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Alexander MacKenzie's Travels from Montreal (London, 1801) in which this map appeared was among a lot of British books offered for sale in 1804 by the Hartford, Connecticut booksellers Hudson & Goodwin. In 1793, MacKenzie became the first recorded person to cross the North American continent north of Mexico. Four years previously, another expedition took him north from Lake Athabasca to the Arctic Ocean.
Description: Map of parts of present-day Canada and the United States, from the 70th parallel north to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Great Lakes to the south, and the Bering Strait to the west. It traces explorer Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 route overland from Montreal to the Arctic Ocean through Fort Chipewyan in red, and his 1793 expedition from Montreal to the Pacific Ocean (also through Fort Chipewyan) in yellow. Physical features are depicted and labeled, including elevation, conveyed through hachure marks; lakes; rivers; bays; and islands. The locations of Native American tribes and First Nations peoples are labeled, as well.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, top, printed in black ink: "A MAP OF AMERICA, / between Latitudes 40 and 70 NORTH and Longitudes 45 and 180 WEST, / EXHIBITING MACKENZIE'S TRACK / From Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea / In 1789 & to the West Pacific Ocean in 1793." Top, handwritten in pencil: "British Possessions in North America" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: [Connecticut is sketched in, with New London labeled] Bottom, printed in black ink: "London. Published 15 Oct 1801 by Alexander Mack Kenzie No. 33 Norfolk Street Strand."
Object Number: 2012.312.104
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