Steve Kovacs, Loveland resident and antique map collector (Provided)
Today is a big day up north – Fete du Canada, or Canada Day! Big celebrations with parades and fireworks are the norm, and a bit less today thanks to you know what.
This day is sort of Canada’s Birthday, eh. It celebrates the Constitution Act signed 153 years ago. Both the French and the British laid claim to this land throughout the previous centuries. Eventually the British prevailed. And then the sun started to set on the vast British Empire and Canada was born in that process, eh.
This 1850 map by John Tallis, an English publisher, shows our neighbors, then called British America. Virtually all of Tallis’s maps have several vignettes on the sides showing local people, animals, sights, activities and the like, and this map illustrates that beautifully.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Click here to visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.
1850 map of British America – now known as Canada (Credit Steve Kovacs)