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Course of the River Mississipi: Sayer 1775

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  • Title: Course of the River Mississipi
  • Author: Robert Sayer
  • Date: 1775
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, horizontal creasing, areas of discoloration
  • Inches: 21.25 x 46 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 53.9 x 116.8 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233109
of the
River Mississipi
from the Balise to Fort Chartres;
Taken on an Expedition to the Illinois,
in the latter end of the Year 1765.
Lieut. Ross of the 34th Regiment:
from the Surveys of that River made by the French.

Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street
Published as the Act directs, 1 June 1775.


Map of the Mississippi River stretching from just south of present-day St. Louis, MO to the Gulf of Mexico. Sayer includes many annotations indicating the region's terrain and climate ("very good Land," "Good Quarries of Stone"), military forts, historical events of note ("Here Ferdinand de Soto first discovered the Mississipi in 1541"), and the locations and characteristics of Native peoples. Tribes listed include the 'Chaktaws or Flathead Indians,' the 'Chikasaws,' the Natchez ('destroy'd by the French in 1730'), the Osogoulas ('now removed to the Tunicas'), and the Arkansas ('or the Handsome Men'), among others. Along the Gulf Coast near the map's bottom margin, Sayer marks the Mississippi's depth at various points. In the lower right corner, he notes that there is "Shallow water Covered with many Small Islands which are but very Little Known." Interestingly, he includes as a point of reference the "Meridian of New Orleans 72 Degrees 20 Minutes West from the Isle of Ferro." The map encompasses the present-day cities of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg, and Memphis.