Flag of France, 1700s
French flag marking La Verendrye expedition's claim of the northern Great Plains for France in 1743, Pierre, South Dakota.
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French missionary Louis Hennepin's map of the Mississippi River valley, Gulf Coast, and Great Lakes after LaSalle expeditions 1697.
Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of part of Hennepin's original map
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