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Title Mémoire de Lxx Dxx officier ingénieur, contenant les evenements qui se sont passés à la Louisiane depuis 1715 jusqu’à present [manuscript]: ainsi que ses remarques sur les moeurs, usages, et forces des diverses nations de l’Amerique Septentrionale et de ses productions
Author Dumont de Montigny
Document Type Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Journal of Dumont dit Montigny, French military officer and historian, written in France in 1747, which narrates events of his life between 1715 and 1747, including his experiences in Louisiana from 1719 to 1737. He fought in the attack on Pensacola, helped build forts in New Biloxi and Yazoo, explored the Arkansas River, and described in great detail the city of Natchez before the massacre of 1729. He includes accounts of expeditions against the Natchez, and the Chickasaws (1736), as well as his reasons for the misfortunes of the Company of the Indies and the retrocession of the colony to the King. Although he returned to France in 1737, he includes a second expedition against the Chickasaws, related to him by Jesuits travelling through Port Louis. The second section of the memoir describes Louisiana, settlements, and Indian practices and customs.
Places Louisiana, New France, United States
Keywords fort, New France, exploration, massacre, expedition, business, economy, memoir, white settlement, white settlers, settlement, social life, custom, war, warfare, travel, travelogue
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Language French
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 257
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue