• Louisiana as a French Colony -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    Difficult Early Years of the Colony From its inception Louisiana faced an inauspicious existence. Its fate was bound to the French economy during the last years of the reign of Louis XIV. Already a vast empire, the French government and its highly centralized bureaucracy disfavored policies that would have nurtured the economic independence of its colonies. Further, the French treasury, depleted by wars in ...

    • Date: 1701
  • Plan of New Orleans.

    Oriented with North to the right. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map ; 15 x 20 cm.

    • Contributor: Pittman, Philip
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1770
  • Louisiana as a Spanish Colony -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    Diplomacy of the French Cession The impetus to cede the French colony of Louisiana to the Spanish was the long, expensive conflict of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Year's War, between France and Great Britain. Initially, France offered Louisiana to Spain in order to bring Spain into the conflict on the French side. Spain declined. Spanish officials were uncertain ...

    • Date: 1762
  • Plan of the city and suburbs of New Orleans : from an actual survey made in 1815 /

    Relief shown by hachures. Oriented with north toward upper right. Includes ill. of buildings, with name and date of construction for each. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. 1 map : mounted on cloth backing ; 40 x 59 cm.

    • Contributor: Tanesse, I.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1817
  • The Louisiana Purchase -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    Napoleonic France Acquires Louisiana On October 1, 1800, within 24 hours of signing a peace settlement with the United States, First Consul of the Republic of France Napoleon Bonaparte, acquired Louisiana from Spain by the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso. To the distress of the United States, Napoleon held title to the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. Napoleon I, Emperor of ...

    • Date: 1800