Collection Items

  • Map
    Les costes aux environs de la rivière de Misisipi : découvert... Relief shown pictorially. Shows locations of Indian villages found by La Salle during his explorations of the coastal areas of the United States. From: L'Atlas curieux / N. de Fer. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes text entitled "Description de la Découverte du Missisipi, par N. de Fer" and ill. in title area.
    • Contributor: Fer, Nicolas De - Ginville, Vincent De.
    • Date: 1701
  • Map
    Carte de la rivière de Mississipi : sur les mémoires de Mr. L... Pen-and-ink and watercolor. Relief shown pictorially. Also shows cities and towns and features in the region along the Mississippi River. In lower right corner: Archives du Dépôt des cartes et plans de la marine, Paris. "No. 9--124885." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: L'isle, Guillaume De - France. Dépôt Des Cartes Et Plans De La Marine
    • Date: 1702
  • 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 ...
  • Article
    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 ...