Louisiana under the rule of Spain, France, and the United States, 1785-1807: social, economic, and political conditions of the territory (Google eBook)

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James Alexander Robertson
The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1910 - Louisiana Purchase
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Page 9 - We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our whole lives. The treaty which we have just signed has not been obtained by art nor dictated by force, and is equally advantageous to the two contracting parties.
Page 355 - America; it is agreed, that, for the future, the confines between the dominions of his Britannic majesty, and those of his most Christian majesty, in that part of the world, shall be fixed irrevocably by a line drawn along the middle of the river Mississippi, from its source to the river Iberville, and from thence, by a line drawn along the middle of this river, and the lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain, to the sea...
Page 356 - The navigation of the river Mississippi, from its source to the ocean, shall for ever remain free and open to the subjects of Great Britain and the citizens of the United States.
Page 287 - Louisiana, rich, fertile, and watered by numberless navigable rivers which empty into the sea, and consequently susceptible of a very great cultivation and commerce. Indigo of a quality inferior to that of Guatemala but superior to that of Caracas, cotton, excellent although somewhat short, sugarcane for making molasses, rice of a superior quality, maize, masts, and timber are the products of Lower Louisiana [Luisiana Baja]. Wheat, enough with time to support our islands, tobacco, equal to that of...
Page 284 - Pontchartrain to the sea ; and for this purpose the most Christian King cedes in full right, and guarantees to his Britannic Majesty, the river and port of the Mobile, and everything which he possesses, or ought to possess, on the left side of the River Mississippi, except the town of New Orleans and the island on which it is situated, which shall remain to.
Page 284 - In order to re-establish peace on solid and durable foundations, and to remove for ever all subject of dispute with regard to the limits of the British and French territories on the continent of America...
Page 284 - ... those of France, in its whole breadth and length, from its source to the sea, and expressly that part which is between the said island of New Orleans and the right bank of that river, as well as the passage both in and out of its mouth: It is further stipulated, that the vessels belonging to the subjects of either nation shall not be stopped, visited, or subjected to the payment of any duty whatsoever.
Page 133 - None of those blood-suckers known under the names of bailiffs, lawyers, and solicitors are seen there." (This was written before the transfer In 1803.) Within two months after this first petition had been presented to Congress, an act was passed on March 3, 1805, which remedied most of the objections...
Page 289 - A carbine and a little maize in a sack are enough for an American to wander about in the forests alone for a whole month. With his carbine, he kills the wild cattle and deer for food and defends himself from the savages. The maize dampened serves him in lieu of bread. With some tree trunks crossed one above another, in the shape of a square, he raises a house, and even a fort that is impregnable to the savages by crossing a story above the ground floor.
Page 69 - The population of that city counting the people of all colors is only twelve thousand souls. Mulattoes and Negroes are openly protected by the Government. He who was to strike one of those persons, even though he had run away from him, would be severely punished. Also twenty whites could be counted in the prisons of New Orleans against one man of color. The wives and daughters of the latter are much sought after by the white men, and white women at times esteem well-built men of...