A History of the Mississippi Valley from its Discovery to the End of Foreign Domination


The Narrative of the Founding of an Empire, Shorn of Current Myth, and Enlivened by the Thrilling Adventures of Discoverers, Pioneers, Frontiersmen, Indian Fighters, and Home Makers

This narrative history provides the reader with a fascinating account of the Mississippi Valley during the period of foreign control. Beginning with the discovery of the Mississippi River by De Soto of Spain in 1541, the reader is taken on a journey which describes the achievements of the men who traversed the Great Lakes in birch bark canoes or walked through the passes of the Alleghenies to reach the Mississippi Valley, and once there transformed the wilderness into “the Garden of the World.”

Some of the interesting topics covered include: First Exploration of the Mississippi, La Salle and Louisiana, Indians of the Mississippi Valley, Work of the French in the Valley, the French Expelled from the Valley, the Spanish in the Great Valley, Washington’s First Battle, Pontiac’s War, Cumberland Gap Named, Kentucky Purchased from the Iroquois, Lord Dunmore’s War, On the Frontier During the Revolution, the Work of George Rogers Clark, Gnadenhutten, Frontiersmen at King’s Mountain, and Frontier Home and Civil Life in War Time. This work has remarkable illustrations of period relevant landscapes and portraits. In addition, there is a vast assortment of early maps for this region. An index to names, places and subjects completes this work.

John R. Spears and A. H. Clark

(1903, 2002), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 568 pp.

ISBN: 9780788421068