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Rewriting the Earliest Cartographic History
of the Heartland of North America

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter
for the Chicago Tribune, the late William Mullen:

       Carl and I have communicated numerous times about this research, by phone, email, and in person. Between assignments for the Chicago Tribune, I've been carefully reviewing 17 nth century documents and what later historians have had to say about them - at times in consultation with Professor Weber.
     Using his core work in this area, my intention is to publish a piece about French colonial America, inquiring into some of the inaccuracies that have long been considered established fact regarding the foundational histories of the regions of the Mississippi Valley, the Illinois Valley and the Chicago area. In my evaluation, and in that of some distinguished experts, his pursuit of historical truth has resulted in some very unusual discoveries. They will merit some basic revisions in the historical record.

The Louis Jolliet Map is Not an Authentic 17th Century Document

Jolliet Map Appropriated Content

The Jolliet Map is not authentic because its main content was taken from actually-legitimate 17th Century maps. The Jolliet Map was never questioned when it was discovered into history in 1879 and published to the world the following year. There are two main sources from which the content was appropriated.

Source 1. Of 63 Mississippi Valley names on the 1674 Hughes Randin Map (column E), 62 were taken by the Jolliet Map (column D). Compare names in column D with those in column E.

 

Source 2. The schematic design of the Mississippi and it tributaries on the Jolliet Map were taken from the Jolliet Parkman (my current nomenclature has shifted to 1674 Camel Map 1).

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