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Collection Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

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    Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississipi [i.e. Mississ...

    Covers United States from Rio Grande River to Hudson River. Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridian: Ferro. Item 46 in LC Kohl exhibition, Mar. to June 1993. Phillips. Maps of America. Includes notes. Inset: Carte particuliere des embouchures de la Rivie. S. Louis et de la Mobile. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy mounted on cloth ...

    • Contributor: L'isle, Guillaume De
    • Date: 1718
  • Article

    Louisiana as a French Colony - Louisiana: European Exploratio...

    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 ...

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    The Cartographic Setting - Louisiana: European Explorations a...

    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 ...