Some stray spotting or toning, generally not affecting images, pencil sketch on verso of "Nouvelle Carte Particuliere de l'Amerique...Bretagne, Le Canada ou Nouvelle France".
The thrust of British mapmaking after 1718 was to establish her presence cartographically on the French. Hence the title "The British Empire in America...". Nevertheless, in making the map, Popple used the best available geographical information: Colonel Barnwell's map of the southeast; De L'Isle's "Carte de la Louisiane"; Cadwallader Colden's map of the Iroquois nations, and seems to have come up with a map that did not please imperialistic British viewers as much as it did those who only wanted an accurate depiction. The result was and is a vast map of North America never before delineated in such detail, and a source of delight and intrigue. The map was eventually very successful and there were several editions. Babinksi notes that George Washington owned a copy of the Key map (Popple's abbreviated version) and Benjamin Franklin ordered two copies for the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1746 and another in 1752. The Popple and Mitchell (1755) maps were the most important maps of North America made in the 18th century and were widely known and referred to throughout the formation of the United States. This example is the second state of the edition published by Covens and Mortier in Amsterdam, ca. 1742. It is unusual to have the Key map, as it was frequently separated from the others and framed by itself.
This copy is further individualized in that it is the Wraxall-Dunkin-Van Rensslaer copy, with Wraxall's annotations to the upper left sheet.
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