LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Map of the Mississippi River. Copy of the 17th-century map made in around 1682 by French cartographer Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin. One of the earliest maps of the Mississippi River, it was based on the expeditions of French-Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet who travelled down the Mississippi with Jacques Marquette in 1673. This map shows trees, animals, and names of the Indian nations and settlements. The map shows much of what was then French Louisiana, stretching north to Canada and the Arctic from the Gulf of Mexico (bottom). Florida is also marked, as is Lake Superior (upper right). Part of Mexico is at lower left.
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