Map Map of Louisiana, View of New Orleans. Carte de la Louisiane, vue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
About this Item
- Map of Louisiana, View of New Orleans.
- Carte de la Louisiane, vue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
- The French royal engineer, de Beauvilliers, drew this 1720 map of the entire hydrographic network of the Mississippi River, from the Illinois Country to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, and the regions west of the Mississippi, stretching through present-day Texas and into New Mexico. The map was made in Paris, based on the journal of Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe (1683--1765), "commander on the Red River." De la Harpe was a French officer, trader, and explorer who explored much of present-day Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He sailed from his native Saint Malo to New Orleans in April 1718. He was sent by the governor of Louisiana to establish a trading post on and explore the upper reaches of the Red River. He followed the river upstream, becoming the first European explorer to enter the present-day state of Oklahoma. De la Harpe encountered Indians of many tribes, including Wichita, Osage, and Apache. He returned to New Orleans in January 1720 and from there to France, where he circulated a detailed account of his travels. The map shows de La Harpe's route, rivers, Indian villages with the numbers of their inhabitants, Spanish missions, and locations where boeuf sauvages (bison) were plentiful. An inset map at the upper left shows the Mississippi River and its entrance into the gulf. Inset within the inset is an illustration of the city of New Orleans.
- Beauvilliers, de, died 1730 Cartographer.
- Bénard de la Harpe, Jean-Baptiste, 1683-1765 Contributor.
Created / Published
- [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1720.
- - United States of America--Arkansas
- - United States of America--Illinois
- - United States of America--Louisiana
- - United States of America--Louisiana--New Orleans
- - United States of America--Mississippi
- - United States of America--Missouri
- - United States of America--New Mexico
- - United States of America--Oklahoma
- - United States of America--Tennessee
- - United States of America--Texas
- - 1720
- - Exploration and encounters
- - Indians of North America
- - Indigenous peoples
- - Manuscript maps
- - Mississippi River
- - Mississippi River Valley
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - "Scale 1:5,800,000"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
- - Original resource extent: 1 map : manuscript, color ; 66 x 50 centimeters.
- - Original resource at: National Library of France.
- - Content in French.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
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- New Mexico
- New Orleans
- United States of America
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Beauvilliers, De, Died 1730 Cartographer, and Jean-Baptiste Bénard De La Harpe. Map of Louisiana, View of New Orleans. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1720] Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668639/.
APA citation style:
Beauvilliers, D. & Bénard De La Harpe, J. (1720) Map of Louisiana, View of New Orleans. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668639/.
MLA citation style:
Beauvilliers, De, Died 1730 Cartographer, and Jean-Baptiste Bénard De La Harpe. Map of Louisiana, View of New Orleans. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1720] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021668639/>.