Louisiana as Formerly Claimed by France
This map, dated 1765, shows the Louisiana Territory as claimed by France. The map is held in The Historic New Orleans Collection archives.
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville
Rudolph Bohunek painted this portrait of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville c. 1910. Along with his older brother, Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, Bienville helped establish New Orleans.
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
Bohemian artist Rudolph Bohunek, who worked in New Orleans for four years, painted this portrait of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville c. 1933.
The Iberville Stone
The Iberville stone was reportedly inscribed by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and his party in 1699, when they reached the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was recovered from the site of Fort Maurepas, the first permanent settlement in the Mississippi Valley.
William C. C. Claiborne
After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, William C. C. Claiborne oversaw the transfer of Louisiana from France to the United States. He was territorial governor of Louisiana after the purchase, as well as the state's first elected governor.
Suite du Cours du Fleuve St. Louis
This 1760 map of the Red River traces its course from Natchitoches to the Mississippi River.
Carte de la Louisiane et du cours de Mississipi dressée sur un grand nombre de mémoires entrautres sur ceux de Mr. le Maire, par Guillme. de Lisle
This 1718 French map of North America, drawn by cartographer Guillaume De Lisle, shows the routes of several early explorers. It includes De Soto's 1539 and 1540 expeditions, as well as La Salle's fatal 1687 journey.
John Law, Controleur General des Finances, sous la Regence
With the support of French King Louis XIV, Scottish financier John Law assumed control of all commercial trade activity in Louisiana in 1717. His monopoly operated under the name “Company of the West” and, later, “Company of the Indies.”
Carte reduite des costes de la Louisiane et de la Floride
French cartographer Jacques Nicolas Bellin drew this map of the Gulf Coast region in 1764.
Adieu de Fontainbleau
Napoleon surrounded by saluting troops at the Chateau de Fontainebleau.
Plan de la Ville La Nouvelle Orleans Capitale de la Province de la Louisiane
This map, "Plan de la Ville La Nouvelle Orleans Capitale de la Province de la Louisiane," dated 1755, was drawn in ink and watercolor by Jean Baptiste Simon Thierry.
Le Commerce que les Indiens du Mexique Font avec les François au Port de Missisipi
French scene of trade between Frenchmen and Indians at the mouth of the Mississippi River; this engraving was distributed by agents of John Law to promote investment in the Company of the West and emigration to the Louisiana colony.