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Map of New France
Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Library
I. Rouillard,
Carte générale de la Nouvelle France ou est compris la Louisiane, Gaspesie et le Nouveau Mexique avec les Isles Antilles.

1691

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Rouillard's map suggests the geographical scope "New France" had come to assume by the late 17th century, at least in the minds of mapmakers. The colony as delineated here includes all of upper and lower Canada; the Great Lakes region; and "Louisiana," which stretches from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean. The map also labels the North Atlantic the "sea of New France." A different edition of this map appears in the Récollet missionary Chrétien Le Clercq's Premier établissement de la foy dans la Nouvelle France (1691).

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