Collection Items

  • Map
    Plan of New Orleans. Oriented with North to the right. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: Pittman, Philip
    • Date: 1770
  • Map
    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
    • Date: 1755
  • Map
    A map of the British and French dominions in North America, w... Relief shown pictorially. Second impression of 1st ed. Scale ca. 1:2,000,000. Hand colored. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 38 Includes text and inset "A new map of Hudson's Bay and Labrador from the late survey of those coasts." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Vault AACR2
    • Contributor: Mitchell, John - Kitchin, Thomas - Millar, Andrew
    • Date: 1755
  • Map
    An accurate map of North America. Describing and distinguishi... Scale ca. 1:550,000. Hand colored. Relief shown pictorially. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 21 Includes historical notes, notes on territorial claims, and insets of "A particular map of Baffin and Hudson's Bay" and "The passage by land to California." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Vault Two copies. Copy 1 has cartouches colored, and is sectioned ...
    • Contributor: Bowen, Emanuel - Gibson, J. (John) - Sayer, Robert
    • Date: 1763
  • Map
    [North America from the Mississippi River to the Pacific, bet... Pen-and-ink. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. See also: Geographical review, vol. 1, p. 330, May 1916. LC Annual report, 1925, p. 86. See also: Wheat. Mapping the transmississippi West, no. 243. Vault
    • Date: 179?
  • Map
    Maps of East and West Florida. Scale ca. 1:500,000. Cover title. Alternate title from Peter Force's catalog of printed maps: Florida and its vicinity. Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings. "To the Marine Society of the city of New York ...; To the hon'ble, the planters in Jamaica ...; To all commanders of vessels round the globe ... " Drawn in 1774, but was not published until 1781, ...
    • Contributor: Romans, Bernard
    • Date: 1781
  • Map
    This map of Kentucke, drawn from actual observations, is insc... 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. Vault AACR2
    • Contributor: Filson, John - Pursell, Henry D. - Rook, Ternon
    • Date: 1784
  • Map
    A Plan of West Florida, the Isle of Orleans, and some parts o... Scale 1:760,320; 12 miles to an in. Manuscript, pen-and-ink and watercolor. Shows the present state of Mississippi, southeastern Louisiana, and Mobile Bay. Includes note on navigation and "This line being proposed to be the eastern boundary of the New Collony is supposed to run parrallel to the R. Mississipi and to continue in this direction 'till it strikes on the R. Ohio." Mounted on ...
    • Date: 1763
  • Map
    A Plan of the coast of part of west Florida & Louisiana : inc... 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 - Hilgard, J. E. (Julius Erasmus)
    • Date: 1778
  • Map
    Course of the river Mississippi, from the Balise to Fort Char... 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. Vault AACR2: 651/1; 700/1
    • Contributor: Ross - Sayer, Robert
    • Date: 1765
  • Map
    [Bend of the Missouri River]. Pen-and-ink. Annotated in pencil: Bend of the Missouri, Long. 101 25ʺ-Lat. 47 32ʺ by Mr. Thomson, astronmer to the N.W. Company in 1798. On verso: A sketch of the north bend of the Missourie River. Gives number of warriors, houses and tents of six Mandan and Pawnee Indian villages in the vicinity of the junction of the Missouri and Knife Rivers. Available also through ...
    • Date: 1798
  • Map
    [Map of Missouri River and vicinity from Saint Charles, Misso... Date from accompanying text. Relief shown by symbols for "Black Mountains" or Black Hills. Some place names in both English and French. Based on surveys up to the Mandan-Hidatsa villages by James Mackay and John Evans. Longitudinal errors, at least in part, account for map not being drawn to scale. Prime meridian: Paris [?]. Pen-and-ink. Some pen-and-ink annotations made after 1798. Map backed with ...
    • Contributor: Finiels, Nicolas De. - Lewis, Meriwether - Clark, William - Harrison, William Henry - Mackay, James - Evans, John
    • Date: 1798
  • Map
    A chart shewing part of the coast of N.W. America : with the ... Relief shown pictorially and by hachures. In upper right corner: 5. Insets: Entrance of Columbia River -- Gray's Harbour -- Port Discovery. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: Vancouver, George - Baker, Joseph - Warner, John - Edwards, James - Robinson, G. G. (George G.)
    • Date: 1798
  • 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
    Louisiana as a Spanish Colony - Louisiana: European Explorati... 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Article
    The Exploration and Legacy of the Louisiana Territory - Louis... American Exploration of Louisiana Acquisition and exploration of American lands throughout the first decade of the 19th century began and ended with President Thomas Jefferson. Whether involved in purchasing the Louisiana Territory; promoting national interests or nurturing his own curiosity by obtaining scientific, cultural, and geographic knowledge; or, organizing expeditions by choosing their leaders; planning their goals; and raising public and private funds for ...