Voyage ou Nouvelle Decouverte D?un Tres-Grand Pays, dans L?Amerique Entre le Nouveau Mexique et la Mer Glaciale

Hennepin, Louis R.P. & De La Borde

Edité par Adriaan Braakman c. 1704, Amsterdam, 1704
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Full contemporary vellum with raised bands and gilt motifs. , Text in French. Father Louis Hennepin (1626 ? c. 1705) was a Catholic priest and missionary of the Franciscan Recollect order and an explorer of the interior of North America. Hennepin was born in Ath in the Spanish Netherlands (now in the province of Hainaut, Belgium). In 1659, Béthune, the town where he lived, was captured by the army of Louis XIV of France.At the request of Louis XIV the Récollets sent four missionaries to New France in May 1675, including Hennepin. This era of his life is the subject of this volume. Hennepin was 39 when he departed in 1679 with La Salle from Quebec City to construct the 45-ton barque Le Griffon, sail through the Great Lakes, and explore the unknown West.Hennepin was with La Salle at the construction of Fort Crevecouer (near present-day Peoria, Illinois) in January, 1680. In February, La Salle sent Hennepin and two others as an advance party to search for the Mississippi River. The party followed the Illinois River to its junction with the Mississippi. Shortly thereafter, Hennepin was captured by a Sioux war party and carried off for a time into what is now the state of Minnesota. Eventually, Hennepin and the others were given canoes and allowed to leave. Local historians credit him as the first European to step ashore at the site of present-day Hannibal, Missouri.Two great waterfalls were brought to the world's attention by Louis Hennepin: Niagara Falls, with the most voluminous flow of any in North America, and the Saint Anthony Falls in what is now Minneapolis, the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. In 1683, he published a book about Niagara Falls called A New Discovery. The truth of much of Hennepin's accounts has been called into question ? or flatly denied ? notably by the American historian Francis Parkman. , Size : 12mo, Illustrated with Belle engraved frontispiece, 2 large folding maps and 6 plates showing the falls, the construction of Griffon ship ?La Salle,? and other views., References : Sabin, 31355 A fine example. Plates and text crisp and clean. N° de réf. du libraire B5196

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Titre : Voyage ou Nouvelle Decouverte D?un ...

Éditeur : Adriaan Braakman c. 1704, Amsterdam

Date d'édition : 1704

Reliure : Hardcover

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