The Opening of the Mississippi: A Struggle for Supremacy in the American Interior
The book is primarily the history of the discovery, exploration, and competition for navigation rights and accesses to the Mississippi River prior to the War of 1812.
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Adams Alleghanies American State Papers Annals of Congress Bienville boundary British canoes ceded cession Claiborne claim Collections of Louisiana colonists colony command conquest course Critical History declared east England English Espiritu Santo established expedition France French Frenchmen Frontenac Godoy governor Gulf Hennepin Historical Collections History of Louisiana Iberville Ibid Illinois Illinois country Indians inhabitants interests Iroquois Jefferson Jesuit Relations John Jay Journals of Congress Kaskaskia King Lake Lake Superior lands later Laussat Livingston Louis Louisiana Purchase lower Mississippi Madison Madrid Margry Marquette ment minister Mississippi Valley Monroe mouth Napoleon Narrative and Critical Natchez nation navigation negotiation Northwest Ohio Orleans Paris Parkman party peace Pensacola possession President purchase reached region river Salle Salle's Secret Journals secure settlement Shea Soto Spain Spaniards Spanish Talleyrand territory Thwaites tion Tonty trade treaty United vessels Virginia voyage West Florida western westward Winsor
Page 413 - East by a line to be drawn along the middle of the river St. Croix, from its mouth in the bay of Fundy to its source, and from its source directly north to the aforesaid highlands which divide the rivers that fall into the Atlantic ocean from those which fall into the river St. Lawrence...
Page 380 - There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it; I have killed many; I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace; but do not harbor a thought that mine is the joy of fear.
Page 664 - Parma, the Colony or Province of Louisiana with the same extent that it now has in the hands of Spain, and that it had when France possessed it; and such as it should be after the Treaties subsequently entered into between Spain and other States.
Page 579 - The inhabitants of the ceded territory shall be incorporated in the Union of the United States, and admitted as soon as possible, according to the principles of the Federal constitution, to the enjoyment of all the rights, advantages, and immunities, of citizens of the United States ; and, in the mean time, they shall be maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty, property, and the religion which they profess.
Page 421 - Mississippi; thence by a line to be drawn along the "middle of the said river Mississippi until it shall intersect the northernmost part of the thirty-first degree of north latitude. South, by a line to be drawn due east from the determination of the line last mentioned, in the latitude of...
Page 518 - There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy. It is New Orleans, through which the produce of threeeighths of our territory must pass to market...
Page 576 - ... to be applied and accounted for by the president of the United States, intended as part of the price, was considered as conveying the sanction of Congress to the acquisition proposed.
Page 572 - The Constitution has made no provision for our holding foreign territory, still less for incorporating foreign nations into our Union.
Page 666 - We have some claims, to extend on the seacoast westwardly to the Rio Norte or Bravo, and better, to go eastwardly to the Rio Perdido, between Mobile and Pensacola, the ancient boundary of Louisiana. These claims will be a subject of negotiation with Spain, and if, as soon as she is at war, we push them strongly with one hand, holding out a price in the other, we shall certainly obtain the Floridas, and all in good time.