An Account of Louisiana: Being an Abstract of Documents, in the Offices of the Departments of State, and of the Treasury

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Side 4 - 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.
Side 8 - Louisiana. From the settlement of Pointe Coupee on the Mississippi to Cape Girardeau above the mouth of the Ohio there is no land on the west side that is not overflowed in the spring to the distance of 8 or 10 leagues from the river, with from 2 to 12 feet of water, except a small spot near New- Madrid, so that in the whole extent there is no possibility of forming a considerable settlement contiguous to the river on that side.
Side 17 - ... men. . A large lot adjoining the king's stores, with a few sheds in it. It serves as a park for artillery. A prison, town house, market house, assembly room, some ground rents, and the common about the town. A public school for the rudiments of the Spanish language. A cathedral church unfinished, and some houses belonging to it. A charitable hospital, with some houses belonging to it. and a revenue of 1,500 dollars annually, endowed by an individual lately deceased.
Side 4 - Scotia, or Acadie, and Canada, with their dependencies ; and it was agreed that the boundaries between the territories of the two nations, in America, should be irrevocably fixed by a line drawn from the source of the Mississippi, through the middle of that river and the lakes Maurepas and Ponchartrain, to the sea.
Side 10 - That part of Upper Louisiana which borders on North Mexico is one immense prairie.; it produces nothing but grass; it is filled with buffalo, deer, and other kinds of game; the land is represented as too rich for the growth of forest trees.
Side 12 - ... asserted that 700 miles still higher up the portage may be crossed in four or five days. This portage is frequented by traders, who carry on a considerable trade with some of the Missouri Indians. Their general route is through Green Bay, which is an arm of Lake Michigan ; they then pass into a small lake connected with it, and which communicates with the Fox River ; they then cross over a short portage into the Ouisconsing River, which unites with the Mississippi some distance below the falls...
Side 23 - Piorias, and supposed to consist in all of five hundred families : they are at times troublesome to the boats descending the river, and have even plundered some of them, and committed a few murders. They are attached to liquor, seldom remain long in any place, many of them speak English, all understand it, and there are some who even read and write it. At St. Genevieve, in the settlement...
Side 33 - The masters of this are paid by the king. They teach the Spanish language only. There are a few private schools for children. Not more than half of the inhabitants are supposed to be able to read and write, of whom not more than two hundred perhaps are able to do it well. In general, the learning of the inhabitants does not extend beyond those two arts, though they seem to be endowed with a good natural genius and an uncommon facility of learning whatever they undertake.
Side 5 - Many of the present establishments are separated from each other by immense and trackless deserts, having no communication with each other by land, except now and then a solitary instance of its being attempted by hunters, who have to swim rivers, expose themselves to the inclemency of the weather, and carry their provisions on their backs for a time, proportioned to the length of their journey. This is particularly the case on the west of the Mississippi, where the communication is kept up only...
Side 3 - The precise boundaries of Louisiana, westwardly of the Mississippi, though very extensive, are at present involved in some obscurity. Data are equally wanting to assign with precision its northern extent. From the source of the Mississippi, it is bounded eastwardly by the middle of the channel of that river to the thirty-first degree of latitude : thence it is asserted upon very strong grounds that according to its limits, when formerly possessed by France, it stretches to the east, as far, at least,...

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