Map of Upper Canada Engraved for Statistical Account

Robert Gourlay

Edité par Longman & Co. c. 1821, London, 1821
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A superb map of Upper Canada during the early 19th century. The map shows townships, districts, plans for laying out new lands at regular intervals, various plans for canals, and the northern extremities of US states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.There are three inset maps: one of Kingston Harbour, one of York Harbour (a very significant and early map of Toronto) and another titled, "Sketch of the Practicable Courses of the Grand Commercial Canal of St. Lawrence With its Junctions."Gourlay emigrated from Scotland to Upper Canada, in 1817. It was in Kingston where he began statistical investigations into the capacity of the province. The purpose of this study was to prepare prospective emigrants as to what life in Upper Canada would be like. He created and distributed a questionnaire to the landowners of Upper Canada, inviting them to share their views on matters of the state that stunted the growth of their respective townships. The response he got was the same throughout; the major concerns centred on the crown and Clergy Reserves and the lack of attractive immigration policies. Gourlay began to fight for change, urging Canadians to petition the British to conduct an official inquiry. Surprised by Gourlay's success, the authorities arrested him three times. His Statistical Account, "the chief monument to [his] stay in Upper Canada" (DCB), is the most informative compilation of information on the progress of settlement there at the time. "Though Gourlay made no attempt to analyse them, the 57 township reports he printed present an unrivalled picture of provincial social and economic life." (DCB) , Size : 350x500 (mm), 13.78x19.69 (Inches), Hand Colored, 0 Very Good. Folding map, straightened. N° de réf. du libraire M9183

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Titre : Map of Upper Canada Engraved for Statistical...

Éditeur : Longman & Co. c. 1821, London

Date d'édition : 1821

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