Rare map of America, published in Lyon by Daudet.
Finely engraved map of the Americas, with bold topographical details and many place names and Indian tribal designations.
In North America, an oversize Louisiana dominates the continent, minimizing the English possessions. The northwestern part of the continent, north of California, is unknown and blank, with the mythical entry to Puget Sound discovered by Martin d'Aguilar noted, along with a reference to P. S. Francisco, a curious early note, given that San Francisco would not be discovered until 1769, 21 years after the date given on the map. In fact, this is a reference to Sir Francisco Drake, whose landfall just north of San Francisco Bay occurred in the 16th Century .
In South America, the River Paraguay rivals the Amazon in size and importance. On either side of the map are text descriptions of the various provinces and territories of the Americas.
An inset at the bottom of the map lists the possessions of the main European colonial powers and the religions practiced in the New World (including Sun worship and Devil worship!).
The map was issued in different editions, dated 1748, 1761 and 1778.