An Early Map Identifying the Cherokee Country (Paese De Cherachesi)
Fine map of the mid-continent, showing the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers.
The map comprises a section of the Italian edition of John Mitchell's seminal map of North America, bounded by the Missouri, Osage and Arkansas Rivers in the West and extending nearly to the Alleghany Mountains in the East. The map was part of Zatta's Atlante Novissimo, one of the great Italian maps of North America in the late 18th Century. The map includes the same details as Mitchell's map, including nice detail of the forts and settlements along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and details the locations and settlements of the Cherokees in Kentucky and Tennessee. A wonderful regional map, one of the best separate maps of the region during the era.
John Mitchell's map of North America was the single most important American map of the 18th Century and is the foundation for virtually all boundary disputes and treaties beginning with the French & Indian War. It was drawn from the first available English and Indigenous surveys and includes remarkable detail regarding towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other regional features.
Antonio Zatta (fl. 1757-1797) was a prominent Italian editor, cartographer, and publisher. Little is known about his life beyond his many surviving published works. It is possible that he was born as early as 1722 and lived as late as 1804. He lived in Venice and his work flourished between 1757 and 1797. He is best known for his atlas, Atlante Novissimo (1779-1785), and for his prolific output of prints and books that were both precisely made and aesthetically pleasing. Zatta clearly had a large network from which to draw information; this is how he was able to publish the first glimpse of the islands visited by Captain Cook in the Atlante Novissimo. Zatta also published books of plays and architecture.