Geographic knowledge corresponds to power over space. The uneven cartographic realization of the map surface reveals a process of uneven colonial control. Areas along the coasts and waterways are fully settled nuclei of European power. Beyond these zones, across vast spaces that are already claimed by empire but still inhabited by native peoples, native autonomy and colonial rule coexist.
Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, 1688: Partie occidentale du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France