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Antique Maps of The United States - Louisiana CD
Louisiana's Multi-hued Topographic History.
The 70+ extremely rare antique maps of Louisiana included in this fascinating innovative CD are of outstanding clarity and detail. The impact of these maps is further enhanced by cutting-edge MrSID viewing technology which allows you to zoom in and out on any of the portrayed maps after clicking on their thumbnails. While their topographical accuracy may have eroded along with the constant political state of flux prevalent in Louisiana over the centuries, they remain of historic importance and are ultimate springboards for research and conversation.
The State of Louisiana's rich and colorful historical heritage comes to life in this exceptional collection of over 70 ancient maps from the 18th century. The state that has flown ten flags to date first emerged after Alvarez De Pindea discovered mouth of the Mississippi in 1519, Hernando De Soto claimed it for Spain in 1541, after which Sieur De La Salle named it French territory. Over the years to follow, the flags of Great Britain, Napoleon, the then Republic of West Florida and various others have flown from its ramparts. The State knew brief independence at the outset of the Civil War, but was then merged with the Confederacy. However, Louisiana's importance as a trade junction and security bulwark for the mid-American West never allowed it to stay entirely out of the limelight. To secure it once and for all for America, President Thomas Jefferson finally masterminded the historic Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon. This coup effectively doubled the available American territory as it existed then.
Louisiana had always been a vital commercial hub for the United States. The State's highly fertile land caused it to become the breeding ground of some of America's wealthiest sugar and cotton plantation owners. The monopoly they held was rudely disrupted by the Civil War, though its prominence as an agricultural power never wavered. The discovery of natural gas fields in Louisiana in 1823 was a major turning point. In present times, it has become a significant producer of oil and natural gas and a center of petroleum refining and petrochemicals manufacturing. In other words, it has now conformed to the American mold. However, Louisiana's recorded past speaks of where it came from; and, because of its high degree of individuality, maybe even of where it is going. After all - History teaches everything - including the future.
These antique maps of Louisiana included in this fascinating innovative CD from A2ZCDS are of outstanding clarity and detail. Some of the highlights of this outstanding collection are:
*Louisiana. By Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839. Created and published in 1814. Extract from Carey's General Atlas of the World and Quarters.
*Map of a part of Louisiana and Mississippi, illustrating the operations of the U.S. forces in the Department of the Gulf. Drawn by H. Lindenkohl and E. Moliter Lithographs as a United States Coast Survey, created and published in 1863. The map extends from Natchez, Mississippi, in the north to Marsh Island, Louisiana, in the south, and Columbia, Mississippi, in the east to Alexandria, Louisiana, in the west. Roads, railroads, drainage, and towns are shown.
*A map of Louisiana, with the course of the Mississippi and the adjacent rivers, the nations of the natives, the French establishments and the mines. Created and published in 1775 in London. Relief shown pictorially and by hachures. Extract from The History of Louisiana.
*A map of Canada and the north part of Louisiana with the adjacent counties, drawn by Thomas Jefferys, geographer to His Majesty in 1762, created and published in London in 1768. Relief is shown pictorially.
*J. H. Colton's map of the State of Louisiana and eastern part of Texas, compiled from United States Surveys and other authentic sources, showing counties, townships and sections, fractional sections, settlement rights, railroads, etc. By Colton and Joseph Hutchins, 1800-1893. Created and published New York, 1863.
*A new and more accurate map of Louisiana, with parts of Florida and Canada and the adjacent countries. Drawn from surveys, assisted by the most approved English and French maps and charts of that period, the whole being regulated by astronomical observations. Created and published in London, 1752. Relief shown pictorially.
*The city of New Orleans and the Mississippi River with Lake Pontchartrain in distance. Created and published New York by Currier & Ives, circa 1885. This map shows a bird's-eye view of New Orleans with the Mississippi River in the foreground; prominent buildings and place names are listed below the image.
These and every other historic map featured on this fascinating CD can be viewed with the innovative MrSID (Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database) software (to download this software, please click on the supplied link). MrSID technology allows you to zoom in and out on any of the portrayed maps after clicking on their thumbnails. This facilitates the viewing of each part in complete detail.
The magical state of Louisiana is blessed geographically - and apparently jinxed historically since it was first discovered by the Spanish in 1519. Located in the southeastern United States, within the Gulf Coastal Plain, it is bordered by Mississippi on the east, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Texas on the west, and Arkansas on the north. Its inhabitants seem to have distilled a unique sense of laissez faire from the endless stream of political powers that claimed their State for themselves. The population, now as in its earliest recorded history, consists of the original Indian inhabitants, the descendants of a variety of settlers as well as French, Spanish, English, German, Acadians, West Indians, Africans, Irish and Italians. It was originally the Spanish who built what is now known as the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Various keywords' come to mind when Louisiana is mentioned - Mardi Gras, plantation, slaves, bayou, moonshine whiskey, the Blues, priests, pirates, Creoles, steamboats... it is a bit of all these, but a lot more. It is a cultural melting pot that countenances a bewildering international presence. The French, Slavs, Germans, Italians and Irish rub shoulders with Native American Cajuns and apparently see nothing strange in it. To trace the roots of such an accommodating cultural climate, it is necessary to go a considerable way back into Louisiana's fascinating history.
I had the excellent opportunity to visit the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport a few years ago and carry some lasting impressions with me. These have been remarkable amplified by the vintage maps of this exceptional piece of America featured on the Louisiana Maps CD. This collection cannot fail to bring out the explorer in anyone, and I endorse it highly.
"I agree that these maps are worthy of being enlarged and framed, but it strikes me as somehow blasphemous to do that. What I will do is have them printed out and a leather-bound volume made of them. My family prides itself on its marshy bayou roots and this is the perfect research tool. Gracias, whoever compiled this one... it's a winner."
Customer's Name: Eli Chappell (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
"A2ZCDS, this is a Godsend. I was running out of material to discuss at our summer workshop on Louisiana's history. The maps are captivating, and one can actually trace the cornerstones of this state's political and cultural evolution with them. It will provide many hours of spirited discussion."
Customer's Name: Johanna Goldblum (Jeffersontown, Kentucky)
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