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First edition of Sartine's map of the the Atlantic Coast, from the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays to the mouth of the St. John River. T

he map was prepared by the French Depot De La Marine at the outset of the American Revolution and included in the Neptune americo-septentrionale and was intended for use by the French Navy during the Revolutionary War.

While at first blush, the map appears to be a coast chart, in fact, its charm lies as much for what it shows in the interior parts of the Carolinas. The map includes dozens of early roads, forts and towns, as well as excellent detail in locating the various Indian Lands east of the Appalachians.

The map includes a tremendous amount of coastal and inland detail, including the location of dozens of churches, with denominations. Annotations include an Assembly of Non-conformists in western North Carolina (Franklinites?), and many other interesting notes. Along the coast, the islands, capes, soundings and other coastal details are provided in tremendous detail.