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The La Salle Expedition on the Mississippi River: A Lost Manuscript of Nicolas de La Salle, 1682by Nicolas De La Salle
Synopses & Reviews
The La Salle Expedition on the Mississippi River presents the definitive English translation of Nicolas de La Salleand#8217;s diary account of Renand#233;-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salleand#8217;s 1682 discovery expedition of the Mississippi River from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This previously unknown manuscript copy was discovered recently in the collection of rare books in the Texas State Archives.
It provides the most complete and authoritative account available of this historic North American adventure and territorial claim. By careful cross- document analysis, Foster projects an extended expedition chronology that adds about two weeks to the journey, corrects the date that La Salleand#8217;s claim was announced, and revises erroneous interpretations made by most contemporary French and American scholars. The work includes maps prepared by the noted Southwest cartographer John V. Cotter
About the Author
WILLIAM C. FOSTER, an independent scholar, is the author of several books on the early history of Texas and northern Mexico, including Spanish Expeditions into Texas, 1689and#150;1768, and The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684and#150;1687, (published in 1998 by the TSHA) among others.
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