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1650 - 1700 Map Intensive

(Buisseret and Kupfer Plagiarism issues continued below.)


1. Jolliet lost map identified, 2. the Jolliet/Brown Map is a fake

I was going thru my files last month and pulled out a map that I had stranded in a deep dusty drawer a decade ago -- that map is not the one to the right, below, which is the subject of these pages.

The map in the dusty drawer turned out to be to my surprise, the map that would pass the test for the hypothetical Jolliet Lost Map, as named by Delanglez in the 1940s.

By way of gathering material for that Lost Map study, I came across material about a certain Jolliet map, the subject of these page.

While looking into the Lost Map, soon making sense before my eyes was decisive discrediting evidence, evidence questioning the authenticy of the Jolliet/Brown Map. Another chink in the armor of 17th century French Colonial Jesuit Cartography and the Marquette/Jolliet legends. The maps that the fake Jolliet map was plagiarized from, as discussed below, are by Randin (1674) and the Frankelin (1678).

On the right, the Jolliet/Brown Map was discovered into history in the 1870s. Before this time it was completely unknown.

No one, at least in print, seems to have done anything but put their full faith and confidence in the legitimacy of the map.

There has been debate about how this discovered Jolliet map merged with accepted map history;

but not to be heard was a voice questioning the legitimacy of the map in the first place; and that voice suggesting, consequently, that the map may not have even existed in the 17th century.





Delanglez' inference was that Jolliet had a friend, we can see as sufficiently immature in his talents and skills to do so, but nonetheless drafted the Joillet/Randin Map studied here, marked "FAKE."

Delanglez says the draftsman copied everything verbatim from Jolliet's own map. The Jolliet autograph map, Delanglez says, as the King had been expecting it, was sent by Governor Frontenac to the French King, in 1674. Delanglez laments, with no further comment, the map sent to the King was some time later lost.

The larger context for understanding the Jolliet-related maps uses the 1673 to 1675 context of half-dozen Mississippi Expedition Maps.

Don't confuse the map at the right, The Jolliet/Brown Map, with the one lost in the famous conoe accident of Jolliet's, or with the Lost Map, discussed above, which I recovered from a dusty recess in my basement storage files.





Jolliet/Brown Map

In these pages, the reader is urged to see that
this map implicates itelf by plagiarisms to be a historical deceit.

Proper names on this map are derived from the 1674 Randin Map. Note: all the dozens of names on the Randin Map are found on the Jolliet/Brown, except,"monsters." (See Appendix at end).

Jolliet has been implicated from reports and communications to have a belief that there were monsters at a place on the Mississippi marked by the Piasa anthropology.


Getting back to the Jolliet Hoax Map, the subject of this paper. The Jolliet/Carter Map, or Hoax Map, if what is being said by me about it is true, obviously it did not exist in the 17th century.

Delanglez and Campeau are arguably the "appeals of last resort" on these maps.








The following include some of the maps used in the forthcoming The Lost Jolliet Map: Found


1650 Sanson, North America

1674 Randin, North America

1674-75 Jolliet Brown, North America

1674 Ayer 48, Anonymous, North America

1674 Ayer 48, Bernou, North America

1675 Ayer 48, Final, Jolliet Map for King

1674 Franquelin/Jolliet, North America

1678 Franquelin/Jolliet, North America



October 8, 2017

How the State Deals With My Plagiarism Issue

I'd been all over the place -- almost a year of effort -- with the agencies in the State of Illinois that should be expected to be attentive to plagiarism in the Journal of Illinois History. Five agencies and four or five general counsels, nearly two dozen individuals. They are ennabling the plagiarism of David Buisseret and Carl Kupfer. State officials are covering up one of the great frauds in North American cartography.

Subsequent to my FOIA request for the internal paperwork for the case, I saw a summary email between influential historians. It mentions "traditional" plagiarism. This "traditional" plagiarism was also mentioned by one of the general counsels for the Illinois State Preservation Agency, in an email to me. The director of the Preservation Agency, Jennifer Hogan, had no idea how to handle this plagiarism issue. She turned it over to lawyer Josue Barba, who wrote to me that he did not see anything that was copied from an original paper to the other. Something was amiss, because the paper Buisseret and Kupfer plagiarised was in French (the plagiarized material translated by me).

Apparently the state authorities on plagiarism think (1) anything much beyond the traditional "cut and paste" appropriation of someone's work, gets into an "iffy" situation. If two authors arrive at the some conclusion, they say, it is difficult to prove one copied from the other. And if you don't know the subject matter area, I say, impossible to prove.

And (2) it is preposterous for these state historians to believe they can get away with their dubious academic ploy. I.e., that because Buisseret/Kupfer footnote-cite a reference to "navigation tools" in one section of Campeau, that that citation effectively applies to three totaly unrelated items in another section of their paper: a map arriving in Quebec, another map created using the first as a template, and then that created map being sent to Paris. The reason, in my opinion, Buisseret and Kupfer mention Lucien Campeau in the first place, is becausethey wanted to mention well known authorities in this field -- Campeau, Steck, Delangley and Hamiton -- for purposes of making a good impression de rigueur. The mask of erudition on sketchy knowledge. You can see my Invalidating the Jacques Marquette Map for specifics, although, sorry to say, it is too long and erudite for average temperaments. I plan soon to make a summary version.

Now, I've moved from the State of Illinois guardians of academic integrity to the Chicago Map Society.

Ongoing: How the Chicago Map Society Deals With Plagiarism

I wrote the president, Robert Hammond, a letter explaining that Buisseret and Kupfer had used a theme in a presentation to the Chicago Map Society in which the entire presentation was based on plagiariszed material. This is not the same plagiarism instance by Buisseret and Kupfer that appeared in theJournal of Illinois History. In addition, I claimed there were numerous other academic malfeasances. I asked to show evidence for these ethical issues to the Chicago Map Society Board of Directors, with or without Buisseret and Kupfer present.

Hammond wrote back that, "the Board concluded that the adjudication of academic disputes is beyond its mission, and therefore respectfully declines your request."

Since my issues are relegated by the Board to "academic disputes," I have requested an opportunity to make a presentation to the Map Society. Note: my theme in my presentation to the Map Society in 2005 was "The Marquette Map Hoax." Buisseret and Kupfer rebutted with a presentation "The Great Marquette Map Hoax: a Hoax Unhoaxed."

In addition to that rebuttal, they made another "continuation" of the rebuttal to the Map Society.And in addition to that, they made two other rebuttals against me, in other venues, outside of the Map Society.

I am asking the Board of the Map Society that I be allowed to make a counter rebuttal. Isn't that the way that academic discourse and give-and-take proceed?





1650-1700 Maps French Colonial

Jacques Marquette Map

DuPage County, Illinois, Etymology

Marquette Map Hoax: Conference on Illinois History

The Montreal Recit

Marquette Map Not on 1845 Inventory of Felix Martin




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Delanglez (early 1940s) wrote about the Jesuit Order's role in the administrations and explorations of 17th century Canada

Delanglez, publicizing on behalf of the 17th century Jesuits, wrote articles in Mid-America, a Jesuit academic journal.

The other famous expert on the maps of this period is Campeau. In the early 1990's (written in French), he published articles in the Jesuit academic journal, Les Cahiers des Dix.

I'm working on a piece, The Lost Map of Jolliet. A study of the period maps from 1673 to maps into the 1680s.