Cary's map of this area appears to be modelled after J. F. DesBarres Nova Scotia map as it uses many place names from that map and also pinpoints Castle Frederick, DesBarres Nova Scotia home. Later versions of this map from Cary do not include Castle Frederick.
Surveyed to support enforcement of fishing rights as outlined in the Treaty of Paris (1763), Cook and Lane's survey of Newfoundland took 3 years. This work and the resulting map established Cook's reputation and directly led to his command appointment of the Endeavour and subsequent South Pacific expeditions for which he is most famously known.
Inset of the eastern Arctic. The map was engraved by D'Anville's brother Hubert-François, who was commonly known as Gravelot and the cartouche by Thomas Major, an English engraver who spent the early years of his career in France.
A map of "East Canada and New Brunswick" divided into districts, counties and townships. An engraving of the view of the harbour at Québec City sits in the top left corner of the map, while an engraving of a very curious scene, possibly out of Native legend, is shown bottom centre; also pictured is the Great Seal of Lower Canada in the bottom right. Grand Manan and the its surrounding islands are not drawn.
A map of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. An engraving of a view of the habour entrance of Halifax is present in the top right, and a scene from Newfoundland's cod fishery in the bottom right, which is also linked thematically in the border for the entire map. The illustrative elements of the Great Seals of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, are shown. Nova Scotia is divided into counties, and Newfoundland into its historical districts.
The original cartography was based on maps from c.1713. It remained unchanged through it's various printings and states (as late as 1784) giving it a somewhat dated look as compared to other maps published of the area during the same time period.
A map of "West Canada" divided down to the township level, ranging from past the Ontario - Québec border to Cockburn Island in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Engravings of Niagara Falls, Kingston, Natives at rest, and a beaver, along with the Great Seal of Upper Canada.
Significant fishing banks are present. It is interesting that the French persisted in using their historical place names even though at this time all the territory on the map was under British control under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763) which ended the Seven Years War.
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.
The atlas this map is from is a typical example of a lot of atlas publications in the 19th century. Plates were used and reused by publishers over the course of many years and were transferred from one publisher to another with no, or very minor, changes. When a map is detached from its' atlas it becomes difficult to verify which atlas a map is from. Only by comparing it to known versions can conclusions be drawn. In this example, Greenleaf reissued an 1836 atlas of the same name by David Burr and at least 4 known versions were produced.