The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Plan Topographique du Détroit et des Eaux qui forment la jonction du Lac Erié avec le lac St. Clair


Description
Creator:
Collot, G'al, Cartographer
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Maps
Description:
Reproduction of a copy of a map drawn in 1798 for the French government. It illustrates the channel, complete with soundings, from Lake Saint Clair to Lake Erie, and shows the principal roads, fortifications, farms and private buildings. Two insets provide a view of the fort at Detroit, and what would be named Fort Malden at Amherstburg, ON.
Notes:
The original was in Paris. A copy was made for the Burton Collection in Detroit (now at the Detroit Public Library). This was a further copy made from that copy.
Inscriptions:

"The original Map, of which this is a copy, was made in 1798, under direction of General George Henry Victor Collot, an officer in the army of Napoleon.

In that year it was thought that war might break out between the United States and France, and the French Government sent three men, Powers, Collot, and Warren, to visit different sections of the United States in order to see what dissaffection existed among the French people that might be turned to good account to aid France in case of a war.

Detroit was the most important of the French-Canadian settlements. That place had remained in possession of the English until the summer of 1796, and it was naturally supposed that there would be few Americans in the post. Collot did not personally visit Detroit, but went up the Mississippi and ohio Rivers, as far as Cincinnati, and then returned to France after gaining all the information he could regarding the country and its people.

The map is exceedingly accurate if we take into account that the surveys for the map and the soundings were made with such secrecy and stealth, that no official in either the United States or England knew that the plan was being prepared.

The original map was, until lately, hanging in the Department of Marine in the city of paris, and a description of it is given in Parkman's Conspiracy of Pontiac.

/s/ C. M. Burton"


Plan Topographique du Détroit et des Eaux qui forment la jonction du Lac Erié avec le lac St. Clair.

Dressé pour l'intelligence des Voyages du G'al Collot dans cette partie du Continent en 1796

Less chiffres de Sones sont exprimés en Pieds

Drawn from a Copy in the "Burton Collection" at Detroit, Michigan, by F. Leesemann & M. A. Heinze, Draftsmen, U. S. Engineer Office, Detroit, Mich.


Vue de la Ville et Fort du Détroit

Vue du Fort Erié

Liste des Lots situés de ce côtè de la Rivière

Liste des Lots situés sur la rive Sud de la Rivière

Liste des Lots de Terre situés sur la rive Est de la Rivière

Publisher:
U. S. Engineer Office
Place of Publication:
Detroit, MI
Date of Original:
1796
Subject(s):
Collection:
NOAA
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.3213030072693 Longitude: -83.0505466461182
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Plan Topographique du Détroit et des Eaux qui forment la jonction du Lac Erié avec le lac St. Clair


Reproduction of a copy of a map drawn in 1798 for the French government. It illustrates the channel, complete with soundings, from Lake Saint Clair to Lake Erie, and shows the principal roads, fortifications, farms and private buildings. Two insets provide a view of the fort at Detroit, and what would be named Fort Malden at Amherstburg, ON.