Aaron Arrowsmith’s map North America 1795

British possessions in America. Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795 Library and Archives Canada

British possessions in America. Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795 Library and Archives Canada
Historical Atlas of Canada


Arrowsmith, detail

Arrowsmith, detail
Historical Atlas of Canada

Aaron Arrowsmith [1750–1823] incorporated information from Hudson’s Bay Company manuscript maps and journals, the journals of Alexander Mackenzie [1764–1820] (which weren’t published until 1803), and the survey of the northwest coast by George Vancouver [1757–1798].

Henceforth the general shape of northwestern North America south of the Arctic was known, although innumerable details remained to be filled in, including the routes of the Fraser and Columbia rivers.

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