Map of Kingston, Ontario 1715

Map, Kingston, Ontario, David Rumsey, 1715,
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Seeing as it is cold outside, hunker down with a cup of something warm and take some time to peruse the beautiful historical map collection of David Rumsey. The collection contains more than 150,000 maps with a focus on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America. There are thousands of maps of Canada included and it is interesting to take a look at Kingston and surrounding areas throughout the years. In this map from 1715, Kingston is Fort Frontenac and what we always think of as Lake Ontario is marked as Lake Frontignac. Familiar names such as Quente are there though at this early date. It is a fun way to while away the hours. Be sure to take a look at the inset artworks as well. The brawny beavers in this inset seem to be transporting wood like lumberjacks, walking on their hind legs with branches slung over their shoulders, all they need are little plaid shirts to complete the image.

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