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[Acadie, Isle Saint Jean and part of Isle Royale with the Baye Francoise]

An untitled map of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and part of Cape Breton Island with the Bay of Fundy by an anonymous French mapmaker. Detail of the New Brunswick coast is also depicted from Ellswort to Richibucto.


Former owner

George, III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820


George, IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830




Scale approximately 1:2,135,400




British Library

Collection (local)

British Library Collection

  • United States--History--King George’s War, 1744-1748--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • Nova Scotia--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • Acadia--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • Prince Edward Island--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • Canada
  • North and Central America
  • Nova Scotia

1 map : manuscript pen and ink with watercolour ; 20 x 32 cm

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
  • A date of about 1740 to about 1749 is suggested for this map as it does not name Halifax, which was founded by the British in 1749. The map is certainly later than 1710 when Port Royal was captured by the British and renamed Annapolis (as shown on the map). A date in the 1740s seems a possibility on both stylistic grounds and with consideration of the ongoing King George's War (1744 to 1748). The focus on 'Acadie' by the French mapmaker (and the partial mapping of Cape Breton, already held by the French) could suggest that Acadie was under French scrutiny again.
  • Two scales are given at lower right in "Lieues communes de France de 2282 Toises" and "Lieues Marines de France et d'Angleterre 2853 Toises".
  • Titled 'Carte dessinée de l'Acadie' in the Catalogue of Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc., London, 1829.
  • Titled 'A colored map of "Acadie, Isle Royale, Isle St. Jean, and the Baye Françoise, being Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Pr. Edward's Island, and the Bay of Fundy; drawn by a French hand, on a scale of 13 1/2 French leagues to an inch : 1 f. x 8 in.' in the Catalogue of the manuscript maps, charts, and plans, and of the topographical drawings in the British Museum.



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