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The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour

The Bhagavad Gita


The Revolt of the Netherlands

Friedrich Schiller

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A. Conan Doyle

Missouri as it is in 1867

by Nathan Howe Parker



1539—De Soto discovers and crosses the Mississippi.

1542— Winter-quarters of his company, probably in Missouri, in


" De Soto died, and was buried in the Mississippi, near mouth

of Arkansas River. " Louis de Moscoso succeeds De Soto. He marches to Red

River, in Texas.

1543— Moscoso and his troops march through Arkansas and Missouri.

1544— De Biedma makes a report of De Soto's Expedition, to the

King of Spain.

1611—The French take formal possession of the Northwest. 1673—May 13, Marquette and Joliet leave Mackinaw in search of the Mississippi.

" June 17, Marquette reaches the Mississippi at the mouth of the Wisconsin, and descended it to the mouth of the Arkansas.

1675—May 18, Marquette died.

1680—La Salle sends Hennepin and Dugay to explore the Upper Mississippi. St. Anthony's Falls named by Hennepin.

1682—Original naming of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and the countries through which they flow.

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1G83—First settlements made by La Salle. He descends the Mississippi to its mouth. " March 6, takes possession of the country, and named it " Louisiana."

1687—March 17, La Salle is killed by some companions.

1696—War between the Iroquois Indians and the British Colonies,

against the Province of Canada. 1705—The Missouri River explored to the mouth of the Kansas

River by the French. 1712—September 14, Louisiana granted to Crozart by Louis XIV.

1717— August 22, Crozart resigns Louisiana to the Crown. Transfer

of the grant to "The Company of the West." First Laws.

1718— Colonists arrive. New Orleans laid out. Fort Chartres, Illi

nois, commenced.

1719— Renault leaves France for the Illinois country. Arrives, and

dispatches 200 miners, assayers, and artisans in search of precious metals in Illinois and Missouri. Fort Chartres completed.

1720— Spanish Expedition from Santa Fe, against the French and

Missouri Indians. 1724—Erection of Fort Orleans on an island in the Missouri.

Destruction of the Fort. 1731—January 24, Company of the West surrender their charter to

the King of France.

1762— November 3, Paris Treaty concluded. Louisiana ceded to

Spain by France.
Village du Cote (St. Charles) established.

1763— November 3, M. Laclede arrives at St. Genevieve and Fort


1764— February 15, St. Louis founded by Pierre Laclede Liguest. 1766—August 11, Grant of land received by Pierre Laclede Liguest,

upon which to build St. Louis.

1769— First occupancy by the Spaniards.

1770— Spain obtains possession of St. Louis and Upper Louisiana. 1772—Fort Chartres evacuated.

1778—General Clark takes possession of Kaskaskia. Cahokia joins the Americans.

" June 20, Pierre Laclede Liguest died near the mouth of Arkansas River, aged 54. 1780—St. Louis attacked by 1500 Indians and 140 British.

1785— Great flood of the Mississippi threatening to inundate St.Loui

1786— Julien Dubuque first visits the Upper Mississippi. '

1787— New Madrid founded by Colonel G. Morgan, of New Jersey.

1788— Dubuque obtains a grant of 140,000 acres, embracing the pres

ent Dubuque, lead mines, etc. " First boat-load of lead bought from the Indians and shipped to St. Louis by Col. Joseph Shaw, the pioneer of the lead trade.

1795—First Ferry established at St. Louis, by Captain James Piggott.

1798—Charles Dehault Delassus de Deluziere succeeds Zenon Tradeau as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Louisiana.

1803— Louisiana ceded to the United States.

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