Item description for Mapping a Continent: Historical Atlas of North America 1492-1814 by Raymonde Litalien, Jean-Francois Palomino, Denis Vaugeois & Kathe Roth...
In March 1493, Christopher Columbus returned from a long voyage to the west, convinced he had reached India. In truth, an immense continent, then absent from any map, had blocked his path. A formidable barrier separating Europe from Asia, North America became a coveted land, attracting sailors, missionaries, trappers, soldiers and scientists. Seeking not only the Vermilion Sea but also fish, beavers, and precious metals, they crossed rivers and trekked through portages, forests, and mountains. With the help of "Indians" they unlocked the secrets of this terra incognita. Art, scientific papers, and maps provide essential witness to this quest for knowledge that allowed Columbus, Auchagac, Champlain, Franquelin, Thomspon, Mackenzie, and Lewis and Clark to take the measure of America. For three centuries, motivated by the goal of finding a nautical route to the Pacific Ocean and from there the Orient, European explorers surveyed and mapped the large territory, exploring every body of water, from the tiniest bays to the greatest rivers, and pushing deeper into the interior. Three hundred years almost to the day after Columbus's first voyage, Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean "from Canada, by land, 22 July 1793." In 1805, spurred on by Jefferson, the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed the continent from the Missouri-Mississippi delta to where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. The continent's measure had been taken.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 10.75" Height: 13" Weight: 4.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 22, 2007
Publisher McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN 2894485271 ISBN13 9782894485279
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More About Raymonde Litalien, Jean-Francois Palomino, Denis Vaugeois & Kathe Roth
Raymonde Litalien is an historian of New France and the author of Les Explorateurs de l'Amerique du Nord, 1492-1795.
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Two Books In One May 31, 2008
"Mapping a Continent" is more a history book of Eastern Canada as told from the French heritage Quebecois academic perspective than a study of the history North America as told through maps.
The book seems like two separate works. The "Mapping a Continent" part is told by the maps themselves and their captions. These are very well done and have created an excellent reference. It is a valuable addition to my collection.
The major part of the book (the history text), though, is a hoot. It is tale of how power and evil (the dastardly Spanish and English, who raped the environment and murdered the Indians) triumphed over good (the politically correct French who were benevolent stewards of the Earth and who befriended the peoples of the First Nations). History has typically been written by the victorious. Here it is written descendents of the vanquished. It makes for an interesting twist in the story.