Don Antonio de Alcedo’s 1786-89 Diccionario geografico-historico de las Indias Occidentale o America includes entries about countries, provinces, cities, villages, and hamlets; about every aspect of political, cultural and natural history; and about products from cochineal to zarzaparilla, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. As a Spanish military officer he naturally focused most of this monumental five-volumework on New Spain, from the North American southwest to Patagonia and Chile. This article covers his descriptions of Lake Superior, Nipigon, Michipicoten, and Michilimackinac.

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