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Collection Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

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    Carte de l'Amerique septentrionale pour servir à l'histoire d...

    "Dheulland Sculp." Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

    • Contributor: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas - Heulland, Guillaume D
    • Date: 1734
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    Coupe et profil de la redoute de Rosalie au Natchez prise sur...

    Relief shown pictorially. Two sheets mounted together. Pen-and-ink and watercolor. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes "Plan de la cave."

    • Contributor: Batz, Alexandre De.
    • Date: 1732
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    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 ...