1657 map entitled La Floride

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1657 map entitled La Floride


Sanson departs from his predecessors by altering the configuration of the southern river system, and he continued to ignore reports by Spanish explorers that the Mississippi was one large river. His 1657 map entitled La Florideshows a gradual change in the names and topography of the region as a result of new information that had reached Europe. The map demonstrates the practice of European cartographers to expand territorial claims in the New World by enlarging and redrawing their boundaries on official maps and also perpetuates hydrographic misconceptions.


This map shows the changes in the name of this region over time. It started off being referred to as Floride and then later became west Florida and Louisiana. This map was made by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson in 1657.


Sanson, Nicolas. La Floride. [A Paris: Chez l'Auteur aux Galleries du Louvre, avec Pri. pour 20 ans, ?, 1657] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/2003623129/>.


“1657 map entitled La Floride,” Union to Disunion, accessed July 13, 2020, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/uniontodisunion/items/show/402.