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De Fer Mississippi
De Fer MississippiDe Fer, Nicolas.
Les Costes aux Environs de la Riviere de Misisipi. Descovertes par M.r de la Salle en 1685.
Paris, 1705. 225 x 340mm. Coloured. Old ink mss numeral in top margin . Map of the Gulf Coast of America, with the discoveries of La Salle, 1682-4.
La Salle canoed down the Mississippi in 1682, although he did not reach the delta. He named the Mississippi basin 'La Louisiane' after Louis XIV and his wife Anne. Two years later he tried to find the mouth of the river from the Gulf of Mexico, where he founded a colony. By 1687 only 36 of the 300 colonists survived, and these mutinied, killing la Salle (as depicted in the title cartouche). The next year the remaining adults were killed by Indians and five children kidnapped. Engraved by Vincent de Ginville for the 'Atlas Curieux'.



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