[Mississippi River] Lt. Ross, Course of the River Mississipi from the Balise to Fort Chartres... London, 1775. 44 x 13½. Old outline color. Some creasing near folds, uneven age-toning where exposed to light, else VG. Large side margins. The first official survey of the Mississippi. The River marked the border between British and Spanish territory per the 1763 Treaty of Paris. This fine, detailed map was issued just as the American Revolution broke out – the issue date of June 1, 1775 is less than six weeks after the battles of Lexington and Concord. It covers the River from the Gulf of Mexico to just south of St. Louis. captions describe terrain: "Good quarries of stone," "good land." Locates Indian tribes. Destroyed forts and villages are indicated, as is a site on the Red River "where the 22 Regt. was drove back by the Tunicas 1764." State two with added information around New Orleans. Baynton-Williams, Unveiling of Our Continent.., p. 137; Holland, Mississippi River, pp. 83-4; Sellers & Van Ee 781; Stevens & Tree 31(b). $5,500.00
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