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A New Map of the Whole Continent of America, divided into North and South and West Indies, 1786

Identifier: MCS 3
A new map of the whole continent of America
A new map of the whole continent of America

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States.


  • Creation: 1786



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

drawer 3

Materials Specific Details

Werein are exactly described the United States of North America as well as the several European possessions according to the Preliminaries of Peace signed at Versailles Jan. 20, 1783. Compiled from Mr. d'Anville's Maps of that Continent, with the addition of the Spanish Discoveries in 1775 to the North of California & corrected in the several parts belonging to great Britain from the Orig. Materials of Governor Pownall, MP. London. Large and bright title cartouch -- red scroll frame resting on landscape which indluces waterfalls, a crocodile, and buildings. 0⁰ Longitude through Ferro Island. South America appears larger than North America -- the latter shown only to about 60⁰ North -- its extent to the northwest is still not known. South America and the Caribbean quite accurate. North America is little known west of the Mississippi and north of Texas-Mexico. Text along the left side lists political divisions and possessions. Inset map shows northeast Canada.


103.5 x 119 cm

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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