The French in North America

The French in North America (HM2J6S)

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N 31° 33.328', W 91° 24.665'

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Les Français en Amérique du Nord

— Fort Rosalie —

 France was the first of the three great European powers to recognize and appreciate the strategic importance of Natchez. Operating out of bases in Quebec, French explorers
crossed the Great Lakes and followed smaller streams into the broader Mississippi River. In
1673, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet descended as far south as the Arkansas
River. In 1682, René-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle (above), discovered the point where the Mississippi River emptied into the Gulf of Mexico and laid claim to the entire Mississippi
Valley in the name of France.
La Salle became the first Frenchman to encounter the Natchez Indians and declare them an ally. Between 1699 and 1702, the Natchez welcomed the explorer, Pierre Le Moyne
d'Iberville, and allowed a French missionary to settle among them.

French:La France a été la première des trois grandes puissances européennes à reconnaître et à apprécier l'importance stratégique de Natchez. Opérant à partir
de bases au Québec, les explorateurs français ont traversé les Grands Lacs et ont
suivi de plus petits ruisseaux dans l'ensemble du Mississippi.

En 1673, les abbés
Jacques Marquette et Louis Joliet descendirent aussi loin au sud que la rivière
Arkansas. En 1682, René-Robert Cavalier, sieur de La Salle, découvre le point où le
fleuve Mississippi se jette dans le golfe du Mexique et revendique toute la vallée
du Mississippi au nom de la France.
La Salle devint le premier Français à rencontrer les Indiens Natchez et à les
déclarer alliés. Entre 1699 et 1702, les Natchez accueillent l'explorateur, Pierre Le
Moyne d'lberville, et permettent à un missionnaire français de s'installer parmi
HM NumberHM2J6S
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S.Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, July 28th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 650810 N 3492258
Decimal Degrees31.55546667, -91.41108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.328', W 91° 24.665'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 19.68" N, 91° 24' 39.9" W
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