Missouri River Map Used by Lewis and Clark (1798)

Map of Missouri River and vicinity from Saint Charles, Missouri, to Mandan villages of North Dakota

Map of Missouri River Used by Lewis and Clark (1798)
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Date: 1798
Author: Nicolas de Finiels
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Source: Library of Congress
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The Library of Congress site tells us that this map by Nicolas de Finiels was used by Lewis and Clark during their expedition.

Can't find out much about this de Finiels guy, which is frustrating, considering how many questions I have about this map.

Some stray factoids provided by the LoC website:

  • Some place names in both English and French.
  • Based on surveys up to the Mandan-Hidatsa villages by James Mackay and John Evans.
  • Longitudinal errors, at least in part, account for map not being drawn to scale.
  • Prime meridian: Paris [?].
  • Pen-and-ink. Some pen-and-ink annotations made after 1798.
  • Map backed with Japanese tissue paper.
  • Accompanied by photocopy of text on mapping of de Finiels: Missouri Historical Review, vol. 81, no. 4, July 1987, p. 387-402.
  • On verso written in pen-and-ink by William Henry Harrison but unsigned: For Captn. William Clark or Captn. Meriwether Lewis on their voyage up the Mississippi.
  • Also on verso written in pen-and-ink: Mr. Peter Tabeau at the Ricraries.

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