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Joseph Bouchette: Plan of the Town of Guelf, Upper Canada

Map: CAN2988
 
Cartographer: Joseph Bouchette
Title: Plan of the Town of Guelf, Upper Canada
Date: 1832
Published: N/A
Width: 8 inches / 21 cm
Height: 7 inches / 18 cm
Map ref: CAN2988
Description:
City plan of Guelf, now Guelph in Ontario, surveyed by Joseph Bouchette, the Surveyor General of British North America.

As stated on the map, Guelph was founded in 1827 by John Galt who also established the headquarters of the Canada Company there. As this plan was issued in 1832 it must be one of the first commercially available plans of the new town. Bouchette had been active in mapmaking for decades before publishing this map and was one of the most important surveyors of the country in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His seminal work, "A Topographical Description of the Province of Lower Canada" is considered an essential reference for the study of the development of the region. [CAN2988]