Homann Heirs, Vorstellung einiger Gegenden und Platze in Nord America...
Published 1756, Nuremberg
Size: 19" X 21"
Condition: Printers creases.
A rare map of the French and English colonies near the Gulf of the St-Lawrence published at the beginning of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). The map essentially depicts town plans of the Port of Louisbourg in l’Isle Royale and its surrounding harbour, the view of Quebec City, and the town of Halifax with the view of the Harbour entrance.
All three views focus on the fortifications of these important colonial outposts that provided their respective European overlords with access or defence of the gateway into the North American heartland.
From their base at Halifax, British forces would capture Louisbourg in 1758 and see it’s dismantlement before proceeding to launch their offensive against Quebec City. With the fall of Quebec City in 1759, a three pronged attack under the command of Lord Jeffrey Amherst, could commence to capture Montreal from up and downstream of the St-Lawrence as well as from the South by way of Lake Champlain. The British victory on September 8th 1760 would lead to the fall of France’s North American Empire and remove any European impediment emanating from the North to the Westward expansion in Britain’s North American colonies located on the Eastern Seaboard.