Second edition of Santini's map of the British & French Colonies in North America, based upon D'Anville's seminal map of 1746.
The map provides a highly detailed treatment of Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley, on the eve of the American Revolution.
The map shows numerous French forts throughout, along with substantial Indian detail, along with a massive Tecas and Louisiana.. One of the best large format maps of the region during the latter part of the 18th Century, based upon D'Anville's map of North America.
The map was first issued in 1775, with this example bearing the new date of 1776.
Paolo Santini (1729-1793) was an Venetian engraver known especially for his religious prints and fine cartographic engravings. He published in Venice and may have a been a member of the clergy. In his maps, he largely adopted and adapted the work of his French counterparts, especially the brothers de Vaugondy.