Cartography Series: Because who doesn’t love looking at old maps? This blog series looks at the cartographic development of Canada.
Guillaume Delisle’s 1703 map of New France is an example of how the colony contributed to making Paris the center of cartography in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also, it is considered a landmark in map-making for three reasons:
- It is the first map of New France to depict the lines of latitude and longitude pretty accurately.
- It became an evolving map as it was updated up until 1790, despite the fact that Delisle died in 1726.
- Delisle drew it without ever setting foot on the North American continent.
So who was Delisle and how exactly did he go about drawing his map? Continue reading