Sunday, April 05, 2009

Musée Conti- Rediscovery of the Mississippi River

In this scene from the Musée Conti in New Orleans Louisiana we see Pierre Le Moyned'Iberville (1661-1706) as he rediscovers the Mississippi River in 1699. He and his 19 year old Brother, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne set forth to find the river in order to secure the Louisiana Valley for France. LaSalle had previously claimed the area, but was assassinated. A letter was given to an Indian Chief, along with a blue coat, and if they could find him, then the rights to the area would be proven. This scene recreates that meeting.

A close up of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and his younger brother Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne. Iberville is holding the letter.

The Indian Chief with the blue coat.

Sitting by the tree is Friar Anastase Douay, who was present during Lasalle's Assassination.

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