Five Centuries of Hydrography – An Exhibition on Ancient Charts

Carte du cours du fleuve de Saint Laurent depuis Québec jusqu’à la mer en deux feuilles

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
Musée maritime de Charlevoix

This chart is a remarkable synthesis of all the cartography of the St. Lawrence River at the end of the New France era. It has been compiled by Bellin, one of the famous hydrographers of the Depot of Charts and Plans of the French Navy. The two sheets have different map scales. The sector between Quebec City and Île-aux-Coudres is on a larger scale to better represent the dangers to navigation in this sector of the St. Lawrence River. It also includes place names that was used at the end of the French regime.