Antique maps & prints of Canada

For sale below is a selection of illustrations, landscapes, antique maps & prints of Canada. If you are searching for a particular location or cartographer, please try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock. To read about antique maps & prints of Canada click here.

Antique maps of Canada

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Landscape prints and illustrations

About antique maps & prints of Canada:

Canada is the world’s second largest Country. It has been inhabited for millennia by Aboriginal people. The name Canada comes from the Iroquois Kanata. Europeans, particularly the French and the British colonised and fought over  the land.

John Cabot was the first  European to land in Canada in 1497. In 1534 Jacques Cartier planted a cross for France. In 1608 Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec and traded with the Aboriginals, mainly in furs. The Acadians were descendants of the original French settlers. After a number of wars, the French were expelled in 1755. In 1815 a large number of immigrants from Ireland and Scotland came to settle, In 1840  the formation of the Act of Union, helped somewhat the assimilation of the French Canadians.

The search for a North West passage to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago has been sought for centuries.  Captain John Ross (1777-1856) commanded an Arctic expedition to solve this in  1818. His first expedition failed, but he tried again, after persuading his fiend, Felix Booth to finance another Arctic expedition. Ross spent much time with the Inuit people, and  his account included portraits, which you can see above. They also helped Ross  plan and chart the waters that they  proposed to cross. Ross  crossed the Gulf of  Boothia in the steamship Victory, and wintered at Felix Harbour. Ross and his men were forced to spend the next four years in the Arctic. They were the first such explorers to survive for so long with the aid of Inuit they learned to live off what the harsh land and waters offered and explored regions to the west and north and identified the location of Magnetic North Pole on the west coast of the Boothia Peninsula in June 1831.There are many illustrations from his account above.

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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.