Nice full color example of this scarce map of New England, the Northeast and Canada at the beginning of the French & Indian War, with original text explanation, issued with the map.
The importance of Indian Tribal loyalties during the French & Indian War is plainly evident on the map. The various Tribal regions are treated in large printed labels with the same size as the colonial names and frequently annotated with additional information, such as "Outawacs Conquer'd by the Iroquis" and "Algonquins Subdued by the Iroquis." A number of early forts are located, including a few which include larger borders around them, such a F. Frantunac, Cohasser F. and Crown Point. The map also includes at least one annotation which reflects the active hostilities between the French and English, a note at the northern end of Lake Champlain which notes the "Extent of th French Settlements before they built a Fort at Crown Point." The identification of "Eastern Massachusetts" as a separate geo-political subdivision" from Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire is unusual for the period.
The map was engraved by R.W. Seale, one of the most active map makers in London during the period. Over the course of the next 25 years, several other maps would be issued to accompany the Universal Magazine which include the same basic title, with this map being by far the earliest and scarcest of the series. Only two examples are listed in the Antique Map Price Guide and none since 1990.