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Early Information About Louisiana Territory

A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana

This is the title page of A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana (1803), an eighty-page compilation of information provided to President Thomas Jefferson about the territory that comprised the Louisiana Purchase. The information, which was supplied by Dr. John Sibley of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and others, included descriptions of the land, its climate, its natural resources, the products it produced, and the people who lived there. Jefferson transmitted the original text to Congress on November 14, 1803, and it was published as a congressional document under the title An Account of Louisiana.

Citation: A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana …  A 1803 .T66. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Created: 1803

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana

This detail from a page in A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana (1803) lists the 1785 census for Louisiana Territory. The population is divided into three categories: whites, free people of color, and slaves. This was part of an eighty-page compilation of information provided to President Thomas Jefferson about the territory that comprised the Louisiana Purchase. The information, which was supplied by Dr. John Sibley of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and others, included descriptions of the land, its climate, its natural resources, the products it produced, and the people who lived there.

Citation: A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana …  A 1803 .T66. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Created: 1803

Medium: Printed page

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia

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  • A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana

    This is the title page of A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana (1803), an eighty-page compilation of information provided to President Thomas Jefferson about the territory that comprised the Louisiana Purchase. The information, which was supplied by Dr. John Sibley of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and others, included descriptions of the land, its climate, its natural resources, the products it produced, and the people who lived there. Jefferson transmitted the original text to Congress on November 14, 1803, and it was published as a congressional document under the title An Account of Louisiana.

    Citation: A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana …  A 1803 .T66. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    Created: 1803

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

  • A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana

    This detail from a page in A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana (1803) lists the 1785 census for Louisiana Territory. The population is divided into three categories: whites, free people of color, and slaves. This was part of an eighty-page compilation of information provided to President Thomas Jefferson about the territory that comprised the Louisiana Purchase. The information, which was supplied by Dr. John Sibley of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and others, included descriptions of the land, its climate, its natural resources, the products it produced, and the people who lived there.

    Citation: A Topographical and Statistical Account of the Province of Louisiana …  A 1803 .T66. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    Created: 1803

    Medium: Printed page

    Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia