Detailed map of the Straights of Magellan and the southernmost part of South America, by Sanson, the most important French mapmaker of the 17th Century.
Sanson's map of the region is the first detailed map of the southern part of South America to appear in a French Atlas. The map is remarkably detailed for the period and reflects the most up to date information brought back to Paris from foreign and Jesuit sources.
The son of famous French cartographer Nicolas Sanson, Guillaume (1633-1703) carried on his father's work. Like his sire, he was a court geographer to Louis XIV. He often worked in partnership with another prominent cartographer of the time, Hubert Jaillot.