[California Isle] de Fer, Cette Carte de Californie et du Nouveau Mexique... Paris, 1705. 9 x 13¼. Full color. An important map of the region with a numbered table identifying 314 missionary and Indian settlements in the Spanish Southwest. Wagner states it is based on a 1696 ms. map now in Rome by Father Eusebio Kino who later disproved California's insularity. Kino's 1701 discovery that the Gulf of California terminated near the mouth of the Colorado disproved the island theory, but the myth died hard – not until an official pronouncement by Ferdinand VI in 1747. Burden 760, State 2; McLaughlin #134; Wagner, Northwest Coast #462; Wheat, Trans-Mississipi West #78. Sold
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