This compelling map, showcasing the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi region, was published just before the onset of conflict between England and the American Colonies. It spans from Lake Ontario in the east to James Bay in the north and stretches southeastward to Philadelphia. With its foundation rooted in D’Anville’s map of North America, it highlights several French forts and is rich in details about Native American tribes and settlements. The Missouri River Valley extends to Kansez and Ft. d’Orleans, with even the early naming of Chicagon evident on it.
The map offers intricate depictions of the lower Missouri and upper reaches of the Mississippi. It identifies the Keweenaw peninsula as Kiaonan and refers to Isle Royale as I. Minong, plotting numerous Native American tribes and their respective villages.
Map expert R.V. Tooley commented on D’Anville’s map, underscoring its significance in 18th-century cartography. He emphasized D’Anville’s dominance over his contemporaries, praising his approach of leaving uncharted areas blank where knowledge was lacking. D’Anville’s portrayal of the Great Lakes was notably superior to that of his peer, John Mitchell.