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Title Relation ou annalle de ce qui s’est passé dans le paÿs de la Louisiane pendant vingt-deux années consecutives [manuscript]: depuis le commencement de l’establissement des françois dans ce paÿs, par Mr. Dhiberville, et Mr. le comte de Surgere en 1699, continué jusqu’en 1721 ... / dressé par François Boüet sur les mémoires d’André Pénicaut, [between 1860 and 1879?]
Author Pénicaut, André
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Transcription prepared for Gabriel Gravier, most likely sometime during the second half of the nineteenth century, possibly between 1860 and 1879, from the copy in the Bibliothèque de Rouen of Pénicaut’s account of early explorations of Louisiana and the Mississippi Valley between 1699 and 1721. Pénicaut, master carpenter and ship builder, with expedition leaders, D’Iberville and Le Surgère, arrives in Louisiana in Jan. 1699. Pénicaut provides eyewitness accounts of the building of Ft. Biloxi, and later, Ft. Mobile, and the first two ascents up the Mississipi River, describing the river, abundant game and wildlife in the valley, and Indians they encounter. Searching for minerals, the group journeys up the river a third time, and constructs Ft. l’Huilier on the Rivière Verte in 1700 to mine the copper in the area. Pénicaut describes the fur trade, Indian skirmishes, Indian social and religious customs, hardships of frontier life, conflicts with the Spanish, and expansion of settlements in New Orleans and Natchez. There is also a list of prominent concessionaires who received land grants in Louisiana
Places Mississippi River, Louisiana, United States
Keywords personal account, exploration, expedition, wildlife, animal, indigenous peoples, trade, fur trade, frontier, hostility, land grant, New France, colonialism
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Language French
Physical Description Comes with armorial bookplate with monogram "PM" [Pierre Margry?] and motto "Memoria patrum ne pereat."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 694
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue