Du Pratz's 1774 History of Louisiana

by John C. Van Horne

The History of Louisiana 1774 by John C. Van Horne

Why did Lewis take this book on the Expedition?

The baggage of the Lewis and Clark Expedition contained a small collection of potentially useful reference works including a four-volume Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1754-55); John Miller's Linnaeus (1779, 1789); Richard Kirwan's Elements of Mineralogy (1794); several volumes pertaining to celestial navigation; Benjamin Smith Barton's Elements of Botany (1803); Alexander Mackenzie's Voyages from Montreal (1802); and Antoine du Pratz's History of Louisiana (1774). This is the story of the last book named.

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