May Rush Gwin Waggoner, editor
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Original French transcriptions and translations of three descriptive accounts of the early Louisiana colony.
Louisiana, the land between tile twenty-eighth and forty-fifth parallels, presented itself as both scientific experiment
and impressive trophy with which to challenge the supremacy
of other superpowers during the course 0f the European wars and a chance to revitalize the French economy. In addition, religious fervor complemented secular and political interests. Not since St. Patrick went to Ireland in the fifth century did the dream of evangelizing an entire country seem so feasible. The courageous could populate the land, the adventurous could exploit its riches, the zealous could convert the souls of those living there.
Where could information be found about the new land? The early eighteenth century offered no Internet, no television, not even a reference work. The only recourse was eye-witness accounts. But whose accounts could be trusted? How could one differentiate truth from propaganda?
The works published in this volume will present three realities. Each document was written for a specific reason and was directed to a clearly defined audience. To present the myth we have chosen a series 0f three articles published in Nouveau Mercure. Two other documents attest to the reality: a letter from Pensacola written by a young Jesuit, Fran--‚Â§ois Le Maire, and a report penned by Jean B--‚Â©ranger, a ship captain.
We would of course expect a propagandist, a sea captain, and a Jesuit to emphasize different aspects of the new colony. When seen with one eye, the world is flat: it is only with the second eye that depth can be perceived.
Perhaps with the three "eyes" provided here, we can reconstruct the complex reality which was colonial Louisiana.
Editor's Introduction 3
The Myth: Promoting Louisiana Colonization
Three Articles from Nouveau Mercure, 1717-1719
The Reality: So Little Progress
Editor's Introduction to the Second Part 105
The Current Situation in Louisiana, from the Memoir of Fran--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚¬Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ois Le Maire 113
Memories of Louisiana, by Jean B--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚¬Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â©ranger 151
Center for Louisiana Studies
Library of Congress: 2005921121
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
No. of Pages: 234
Illustrations (B&W): 15