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Highly important early map of Michigan Territory, being the first separate map of Michigan Territory published outside of the United States.

Virtually no settlements in the interior and the upper peninsula, with most of the towns concentrated on the southeast border. The remainder is Indian Territory, with notes on Portages. Includes Indian Settlements, and a view of early counties, including Monroe, Oakland, DeWayne and Macomb. Early roads shown and some settlements on Lake St. Claire and Lake Erie, along with Ft Brown and Camp Smith, south of Green Bay.

The map is surrounded by text describing Michigan Territory in French.

The map appeared in the earliest comprehensive atlas of the Americas published in Europe after the American Revolution.

Jean Alexandre Buchon Biography

Jean Alexandre Buchon (1791-1849) was a French scholar and historian. Born as the French Revolution raged, Buchon was dedicated to recovering France’s history in order to help the country heal and grow. He gathered French stories and published them as part of Collection des chroniques nationales franciases ecrites en langue vulgaire, du XIe au XVIe siècle (4 vols, 1824-1829). He also compiled and published an exploration collection and several histories, particularly about medieval France.

For geography, his most important contribution was publication of the French edition of Carey & Lea’s American Atlas in 1825. Each page of the atlas includes highly detailed text about the state or territory depicted, as well as a map of the area. The French edition is generally considered in high regard as compared to other editions, as it has quality paper and superior engraving.