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Maker(s):Chatelain, Henri
Culture:Dutch (1684-1743)
Title:print: "CARTE QUI CONTIENT..."
Date Made:1719
Type:Print
Materials:paper, ink
Place Made:The Netherlands; Amsterdam
Measurements:overall: 18 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.; 47.625 x 53.975 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2003.32
Credit Line:Gift of Hollis E. Brodrick
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Description:
Plate from Vol. 6 of "Atlas Historique" by Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743), published in folio in seven volumns and in several editions from 1705-1739, which was one of the most popular works on the world at the time and one of the most decorative. This plate is titled "CARTE QUI CONTIENT LA MANIERE DON'T SE FAIT LA CHASSE DES BOEUFS SAUVAGES ET DES ELANS, LE GRAND SAUT DE LA RIVIERE DE NIAGARA LE DANSE DU CALUMET AVEC SA DESCRIPTION ET L'EXPLICATION DES ARMOIRIES DE QUELQUES SAUVAGES DU CANADA / Tom VI No. 24 P. 94." This is a depiction of Canadian indigenous animals, some native people, and Niagara Falls (English translation in data file). These images were adapted from a two-volume work by Father Louis Hennepin (c.1640–c.1705), a French monk who first went to New France as a Recollect Missionary (an order of Reformed Franciscans) in 1675. Father Hennepin was the historian on La Salle's first expedition in 1678. and the first European to describe Niagara Falls. Sent by La Salle in 1680 to find the source of the Mississippi, he discovered the Falls of St. Anthony at the present-day site of Minneapolis, which he named for his patron saint. Back in France, Hennepin published "Description de la Louisiane" in1683, which contained the map, "Carte de la Nouvelle France et de la Louisiane Nouvellement découverte." The place-name "La Louisiane" appears for the first time in this map. Hennepin moved to Holland by the late 1690s, where he published "Nouvelle découverte d'un très grand pays situé dans l'Amérique entre le Nouveau Mexique et la mer Glaciale" (Utrecht, 1697) and "Nouveau voyage d'un pais plus grand que l'Europe" (Utrecht, 1698). The former was published in English in 1698 as "A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America" and contained "A Map of a Large Country Newly Discovered."

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