A Journey in North America Containing a Survey of the Countries Watered by the Mississippi Ohio Missouri and Other Affluing Rivers : with Exact Observations on the Course and Soundings of These Rivers and on the Towns Villages Hamlets and Farms : volume 1

Collot, Georges Henri Victor 1750 to 1805 / Late General in the French Service and Governor of Guadeloupe

Published by Paris: Printed for Arthus Bertrand 1826, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT, 1826
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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353 pages. Paper / Soft cover reprint edition in very good or better condition, slight wear to edges. Overall good copy of this scarce title. Excellent source, informative and enjoyable reading. A good book to read and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Full title page reads A Journey in North America Containing a Survey of the Countries Watered by the Mississippi Ohio Missouri and Other Affluing Rivers : with Exact Observations on the Course and Soundings of These Rivers and on the Towns Villages Hamlets and Farms of That Part of the New World : Followed by Philosophical Political Military and Commercial Remarks and by a Projected Line of Frontiers and General Limits : Illustrated by 36 Maps Plans Views and Divers Cuts Volume 1 Author Note : Georges-Henri-Victor Collot (1750-1805) was born in France, joined the military, came to America to fight alongside Washington’s revolutionary troops, and afterwards rose to the rank of major general in the French army. In 1793 he was appointed governor of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean ; a French colony without army, navy, revenue, or laws. When it was quickly captured by the British, they turned Collot over to American authorities in Philadelphia to answer legal charges brought by an American merchant. Background: Collot Expedition of 1796 : Pierre Adet, French minister to the United States at the time, asked Collot to undertake the delicate task of reconnoitering the interior parts of the country. The French minister worried that the United States might enter the war on the side of Britain, and if they did, France would need accurate intelligence about the Mississippi and Missouri valleys. Collot accepted this responsibility with pleasure, and engaged French military cartographer Joseph Warin, two Canadians voyageurs, and three American boatmen to navigate the waterways in a flat-bottomed boat. The party left McKeesport, Penn., in March 1796 for the Ohio River, surveying the village of Pittsburgh and its fortifications along the way. Collot kept duplicate sets of notes in case they should be stopped by British, American, or Spanish officials. They then descended the Ohio, noting not only the topography and frontier settlements but also the wildlife, Indians, and environmental features. After reaching the Mississippi, Collot turned upriver to St. Louis, and explored short distances up the Illinois and Missouri rivers as well. The party then descended the Mississippi, reaching New Orleans on October 27, 1796, where the Spanish promptly arrested them authorities. Collot was finally released on December 22, 1796, by which time his companion Warin had died from injuries suffered on the trip. Document Note : Collot returned to France and prepared his manuscript and maps from notes kept on the journey. When in the year 1800 Napoleon acquired Louisiana from Spain, Collot, and Adet were named two of the commissioners who would administer the new French territory. Before they could cross the Atlantic to take up their assignments, however, Napoleon had a change of heart and sold Louisiana to the United States. Collot died in Paris in July 1805 with his manuscripts, maps, and drawings unpublished. Illustration plates are included in back of volume, they are in black and white. Size: Privately Published. Bookseller Inventory # 5025105

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Title: A Journey in North America Containing a ...

Publisher: Paris: Printed for Arthus Bertrand 1826, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT

Publication Date: 1826

Binding: Soft Cover / Cloth Binding

Illustrator: Illustrated with Maps

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Book Type: Early History / America / USA

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