The Travellers Pocket Map of Louisiana, 1830

New Orleans

New Orleans was the largest city Lincoln had ever seen in 1828, and it teemed with activity. Upon his arrival, hundreds of flatboats were tied up in the port, shown in the inset to this 1830 map.

After they sold their cargo, Lincoln and his travel companion roamed New Orleans together. They saw ports full of cotton and sugar and almost certainly witnessed slave auctions similar to the one advertised on this broadside.