According to Burden (230) this is the earliest map to show the correct north-south orientation of Lake Champlain and to represent Prince Edward Island accurately. It is considered one of the most important maps of the region of the early 17th century. It is interesting to note the different languages used: the cartouche is Latin, most place names are French and the cardinal points in the margin, Dutch.
This article was written to accompany Bellin's map, engraved by Thomas Jefferys published in the January issue. The original map was published in Charlevoix's "Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France".