I realized after yesterday’s post that I needed to show you my 1777 map. Again, I apologize for the poor photo. And, again, I saturated the colors in this one to bring them out a bit.
So what do you see here? A little to the lower left of center is what we today call the convergence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. That pink band coming in from the right is now called Tennessee (and called Carolina here). The area above it to the meandering river is Kentucky. Above that are Illinois and Indiana. The green part to the left, which is labeled Luigiana Spagnuola — Spanish Louisiana — is Missouri and Arkansas. That was part of the Louisiana Purchase not too many years after this map was made.
As I said yesterday, all of the inscription on here is in Latin. I meant to try translating it myself, but my Latin is too rusty. I do have two clever nephews that might have a chance with it.
I’m sorry it is hard to see, but the meandering river coming in from the upper left is the mighty Missouri. Where it meets the Mississippi there is no village of St. Louis recorded. At that time the major settlements were on the Illinois side of the river. What is noted on the Missouri River is Fort Orleans, which was an actual historical settlement, though no one is sure just where it was located. The map maker more or less guessed. (Look at the mountain ranges for an idea of how they had to wing it in those days.)
I’ve spent countless house looking at maps.