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<p><em>Mémoire De Lxx Dxx officier ingenieur, contenant les evenemens qui se sont passés à la Louisiane depuis 1715 jusqu&rsquo;a present</em></p>
Dumont de Montigny, Mémoire De Lxx Dxx officier ingenieur, ..., 1747.

Official travel, ordered or commissioned by governments, expands the authority of a nation or ruling body by establishing relationships (voluntary or involuntary) with other nations or peoples. French explorers in Louisiana, and the United States’ Corp of Discovery, led by Lewis and Clark, completed such trips. But political leaders can also exploit transportation networks to strengthen their holds over their own jurisdictions, as is the case in the book of the routes from Paris through Brittany. 

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The author of this work served as a military officer in France’s North American colony, after which he created this memoir, complete with a set of watercolor paintings. The work received its first complete edition by scholars at the Newberry and elsewhere in 2011. [Essay 83]

Jean-François-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny
Mémoire de Lxx Dxx officier ingenieur, contenant les evenemens qui se sont passés à la Louisiane depuis 1715 jusqu’à présent
[Memoir of L----D----, engineering officer, describing events in Louisiana from 1715 to the present]
France, 1747
Gift of Edward E. Ayer, 1911
VAULT oversize Ayer MS 257 map 13

Map of Versailles in<em> Plan de la route de Paris en Bretagne par Dreux et Allençon</em>
Map of Versailles ..., ca. 1770.

The creators of this volume painstakingly mapped the principal roads in France at large scale and in great detail. In this case, it is the route from Paris to Brittany (today’s highway N12). The book was purchased through a collaborative effort of a number of donors. [Essay 84]

Daniel-Charles Trudaine and Jean-Rodolphe Perronet
Map of Versailles, in Plan de la route de Paris en Bretagne par Dreux et Allençon
Paris, c. 1770
Gift of Roger Baskes, Vincent Buonanno, Arthur Holzheimer, D. Carroll Joynes, and Rudy Ruggles, Jr., 2003
VAULT Case MS 5312

Joseph Whitehouse Journal
Joseph Whitehouse, Journal, May 14, 1804-November 6, 1805.

President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore newly acquired western territory and to negotiate with Indian nations in the region. In this travel journal, a young Army private from Kentucky kept extensive field notes. [Essay 9]

Joseph Whitehouse
Joseph Whitehouse, Journal Commencing at River Dubois; Voyage from Saint Louis . . . across the Continent . . .

May 14, 1804 – November 6, 1805
Gift of Edward E. Ayer, 1911
VAULT Ayer MS 978