Title/Content of Map: A New Map of Louisiana and the River Mississipi from the Sea to BayagoulasDate Printed: 1761Cartographer: London MagazineSize (inches): 9 x 7
Detailed antique map of the Mississippi River Delta taken from Thomas Jefferys' larger three-part map of the vicinity of New Orleans. Captures a point in time before subsidence and the rising sea level caused the loss of many hundred thousand acres of Louisiana land to the sea.
Bayou Lafourche is named "Cheimachas River" ; in contemporaneous French documents the waterway, once a distributary stream of the Mississippi River, was called "Bayou Lafourche des Chitimachas" after the Chitimacha Indians who inhabited land near present day Donaldsonville. The map shows the course of the Mississippi from Bayagoulas near the present-day town of Bayou Goula in Iberville Parish, Louisiana to Fort la Balise, which defended the entrance and channel of the river.
Contains very intersting notations including "Forest of Holms Fit for Ship Building" ("holm" refers to evergreen oak trees- probably the southern live oak ) and "Tchaouachas where Marshall de Bellisle had his grant". The latter notation near upper Plaquemine Parish refers to FranÃ§ois Simars de Bellisle, first an officer of the French West Indies Company who wandered south-east Texas and Louisiana as a indian captive and slave from 1719 - 1721. In 1753 de Bellisle became a member of the Superior Council of Louisiana and served as town commander of New Orleans.
An important feature of this map is the depiction of the ruins of Fort La Boulaye the First Settlement made in 1700. This fort, located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River about fifty miles from the Gulf of Mexico, was established by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in 1700 and was abandoned about seven years later. In 1933 the remains of Fort La Boulaye were discovered near present-day Phoenix, Louisiana, in Plaquemines Parish.
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