Map Taking Possession of Louisiana and the Mississippi River, in the Name of Louis XIVth, by Cavelier de La Salle [From Rouen] on April 9, 1682. Prise de Possession de la Louisiane et du Fleuve Mississipi, Au Nom de Louis XIV, par Cavelier de la Salle [de Rouen], le 9 Avril 1682. Dédiée au Général T. Beauregard, et accompagné d'un texte explicatif

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Title

  • Taking Possession of Louisiana and the Mississippi River, in the Name of Louis XIVth, by Cavelier de La Salle [From Rouen] on April 9, 1682.

Other Title

  • Prise de Possession de la Louisiane et du Fleuve Mississipi, Au Nom de Louis XIV, par Cavelier de la Salle [de Rouen], le 9 Avril 1682. Dédiée au Général T. Beauregard, et accompagné d'un texte explicatif

Summary

  • This lithograph from the 1870s by Jean-Adolphe Bocquin illustrates the claiming of Louisiana for France by René Robert Cavelier de La Salle, an event that helped to make La Salle one of the heroes of France's first colonial empire. La Salle was born in Rouen in 1643. Educated at a Jesuit college, he originally intended to enter the priesthood, but in 1666 he left France for Canada, seeking to make his fortune. He obtained a grant of land and worked for a time as a farmer and landlord. With the support of Governor Frontenac, he made a name for himself in the fur trade, founding Fort Niagara in 1676. Between 1679 and 1682, assisted by Henri de Tonti, a Neapolitan adventurer, he traversed the entire Great Lakes region. In early 1682 La Salle and Tonti began their descent of the Mississippi. They reached the Gulf of Mexico on April 9, where La Salle claimed the whole of the Mississippi Basin for France and named the territory in honor of King Louis XIV. The fictionalized illustration shows La Salle, sword in hand, reading a proclamation while a group of people that includes French soldiers, a few civilian notables, a priest, and Indian warriors and chiefs looks on. The river and an Indian dwelling are seen in the background.

Names

  • Bocquin, Jean-Adolphe, active 19th century Lithographer.

Created / Published

  • Paris : Lemercier & Company, 1870.

Headings

  • -  United States of America--Louisiana
  • -  United States of America--Mississippi
  • -  1682-04-02
  • -  Colonization
  • -  France in America
  • -  France--Colonies
  • -  Indians of North America
  • -  Indigenous peoples
  • -  Jesuits
  • -  La Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687
  • -  Missionaries
  • -  Mississippi River
  • -  New France
  • -  Soliders

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 lithograph ; 59.3 x 75.5 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.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021668651

Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Bocquin, Jean-Adolphe, Active 19Th Century Lithographer. Taking Possession of Louisiana and the Mississippi River, in the Name of Louis XIVth, by Cavelier de La Salle From Rouen on April 9. Paris: Lemercier & Company, 1870. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668651/.

APA citation style:

Bocquin, J. (1870) Taking Possession of Louisiana and the Mississippi River, in the Name of Louis XIVth, by Cavelier de La Salle From Rouen on April 9. Paris: Lemercier & Company. [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668651/.

MLA citation style:

Bocquin, Jean-Adolphe, Active 19Th Century Lithographer. Taking Possession of Louisiana and the Mississippi River, in the Name of Louis XIVth, by Cavelier de La Salle From Rouen on April 9. Paris: Lemercier & Company, 1870. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021668651/>.