• A Question of Boundaries -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    French and American representatives faced a vexing issue when they met in Paris in April 1803 to negotiate a treaty by which the United States would purchase the province of Louisiana from France. Since most of the territory to be exchanged had never been explored, surveyed, or mapped by any European nation or the United States, the negotiators were unable to include within the ...

    • Date: 1803
  • Related Resources -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    The American Memory collections contain many references to the Louisiana Purchase in various formats including photographs, prints, maps, songs, and oral histories. An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera includes broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets relating to the Louisiana Purchase. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875 includes many documents about the Louisiana ...

  • A map of the Internal Provinces of New Spain.

    Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map ; 44 x 46 cm.

    • Contributor: Pike, Zebulon Montgomery
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1807
  • Louisiana.

    From: Carey's General atlas of the world and quarters. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map : hand col. ; 39 x 43 cm.

    • Contributor: Carey, Mathew
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1814
  • Missouri territory formerly Louisiana.

    Shows boundaries of Missouri Territory. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map : col. ; 31 x 34 cm.

    • Contributor: Carey, Mathew
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1814
  • Map of the country about the Mississippi.

    Not drawn to scale. Title from verso. Manuscript, pen and ink. Oriented with north toward the upper right. Shows area from Lake Erie to the mouth of the Ohio River. Also mounted on sheet, in same handwriting as map, 2 sheets, one of questions, one of information relating to the map. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 775 Available also through the Library of ...

    • Contributor: Chegeree
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1755
  • An Indian map of the Upper-Missouri, 1801.

    Pen-and-ink and watercolor. English. Some place names in Blackfoot. Copied from a map in the London archives of the Hudson Bay Company. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes notes. Map and two sections of notes mounted on paper mounted on cloth. 1 ms. map : col. ; 15 x 25 cm.

    • Contributor: Kohl, J. G.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1850
  • The Mississippi /

    Relief shown pictorially. Shows trees, animals, and names of the Indian nations. Pen-and-ink and watercolor; detached from paper and mounted on cloth backing. "This is the copy of a sketch of the Mississippi River and country, contained in a manuscript map ... has the following title Carte génerale de la France septentrionale, contenant dans la dʹecouverte du pays des Ilinois ... made by the ...

    • Contributor: Franquelin, Jean Baptiste Louis
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1682
  • The Cartographic Setting -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    Evolving European and American Conceptions of Louisiana to 1803 Until 1803 the exploration and mapping of the territory acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase was undertaken by the major colonial powers for a variety of reasons. Chief among them was the occupation of the lower Mississippi Valley, as well as the attempted possession of the Great Plains, the Missouri Basin, and ...

    • Date: 1650
  • 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
  • Franquelin's map of Louisiana.

    "Reduced facsimile of MS. copy (made in Paris for Francis Parkman), now in the Library of Harvard University. The original, formerly in the Archives de la Marine, Paris, has been lost." From the Jesuit Relations, vol. 63, frontispiece. Facsimile. Original version: [S.l. : s.n., 1684] Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map : col. ; 40 ...

    • Contributor: Franquelin, Jean Baptiste Louis
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1896
  • This map of Kentucke, drawn from actual observations, is inscribed with the most perfect respect, to the Honorable the Congress of the United States of America; and to His Excellcy. George Washington, ...

    Scale 1:633,600; 10 miles to an in. Hand colored. Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridian: Philadelphia. Includes inscriptions. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 792 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. col. map 51 x 46 cm.

    • Contributor: Filson, John
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1784
  • 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
  • A map exhibiting all the new discoveries in the interior parts of North America /

    Relief shown by hachures. Shows "Rivers added east of the Rocky Mountains, 900 L. 450 Lat.," from Tooley's Printed maps of America. In lower margin: London: Published Jan. 1, 1795 by A. Arrowsmith, No. 24 Rathbone Place. Includes notes. Tooley. Printed maps of America 137 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy imperfect: hole in center. ...

    • Contributor: Arrowsmith, Aaron
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1802
  • A map of Lewis and Clark's track, across the western portion of North America from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean : by order of the executive of the United States in ...

    Scale ca. 1:4,300,000. Relief shown by hachures. Meridian: London and Washington. From Lewis, Meriwether, History of the expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark, 1814. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. 1 map ; 30 x 70 cm.

    • Contributor: Lewis, Samuel
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1814
  • [Lewis and Clark map, with annotations in brown ink by Meriwether Lewis, tracing showing the Mississippi, the Missouri for a short distance above Kansas, Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Winnipeg, and the country ...

    Pen and ink. Author information provided by Prof. Donald Jackson, 1/12/1977. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. See also: pp. 97-103 of Allen's Passage through the garden (F592.7.A48 G&M RR) See also: Geographical review, vol. 1, p. 220, May 1916. LC Annual report, 1925, p. 85. See also: Wheat. Mapping the transmississippi West, no. 239. American Treasures ...

    • Contributor: King, N.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1803
  • Louisiana.

    From Arrowsmith & Lewis New and Elegant General Atlas, 1804. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 1 map ; 25 x 20 cm.

    • Contributor: Lewis, Samuel
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1805
  • Map of the United States of America : with the contiguous British and Spanish possessions /

    Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridians: London and Washington. Seventh state. Includes inset of the West Indies. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy sectioned and mounted on cloth backing. Includes annotations in pencil. 1 map : hand col. ; 88 x 145 cm.

    • Contributor: Melish, John
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1816
  • About this Collection -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase is a landmark event in American history, one that had a lasting impact not only on the size of the United States, but also on its economic, cultural, and political makeup. Before President Thomas Jefferson's administration purchased the territory in 1803, parts or all of the territory had been under the control of various Native American nations. From the 16th century ...

  • Course of the river Mississippi, from the Balise to Fort Chartres; taken on an expedition to the Illinois, in the latter end of the year 1765.

    Scale ca. 1:890,000. Hand colored. Relief shown pictorially and by hachures. Depths shown by soundings. Prime meridian: New Orleans and Ferro. Shows historic points of interest. Includes descriptive notes and "Depths of the Mississippi." LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 780 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. col. map 113 x 35 cm.

    • Contributor: Ross
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1765
  • A map of Mackenzie's track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1793.

    "... Published 15 Oct. 1801 ..." Relief shown by hachures. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. 1 map ; 55 x 61 cm.

    • Contributor: Mackenzie, Alexander
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1801
  • 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
  • Map of the Mississippi River from its source to the mouth of the Missouri.

    Scale ca. 1:170,000. Oriented with north toward the upper left. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. map 24 x 77 cm.

    • Contributor: King, N.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1811
  • A Plan of the coast of part of west Florida & Louisiana : including the River Yazous /

    Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings. "N.B. This survey has been taken at different times and reduced to one general scale in the year 1778." In upper right corner: "The property of J.E. Hilegard." "No.2." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes text. Insets: A plan of Manchac 1774 -- A Continuation of the Mississippi ...

    • Contributor: Gauld, George
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1778
  • Rights & Access -- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

    The maps in the Map Collections materials were either published prior to 1922, produced by the United States government, or both (see catalogue records that accompany each map for information regarding date of publication and source). The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17 of ...