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They largely left it to their readers to explore the possible interconnections among the voyages and colonization efforts. The maps that explorers and settlers helped to create are found in William P. Cumming and Louis De Vorsey Jr. (1998). This book handsomely reproduces many of the maps from the earliest years to the late eighteenth century and describes most of the rest. Each of the 491 maps in the list is described as to content, when and why produced, where referenced and reproduced, and the locations of originals and copies.

They largely left it to their readers to explore the possible interconnections among the voyages and colonization efforts. The maps that explorers and settlers helped to create are found in William P. Cumming and Louis De Vorsey Jr. (1998). This book handsomely reproduces many of the maps from the earliest years to the late eighteenth century and describes most of the rest. Each of the 491 maps in the list is described as to content, when and why produced, where referenced and reproduced, and the locations of originals and copies.

They wanted to make good their claim to the Mississippi River watershed and its fur trade that arose from La Salle's exploration of 1682. They wanted to provide themselves with a naval base on the Gulf of Mexico from which to attack Spanish shipping and Mexico in wartime and to use as a port for smuggling in peacetime. And they hoped that control of the Mississippi and extension of their fur-trading operations into the South would allow them to confine the English colonies to the seaboard. In pursuit of these aims, Iberville and his successors settled French headquarters first at old Biloxi (modern Ocean Springs, MS) before moving them to Mobile (1702) and eventually New Orleans (1718).

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