A Half-Century of Conflict, by Parkman, Francis
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- ISBN: 9781426421358 | 1426421354
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/31/2007
The occupation by France of the lower Mississippi gave a strong impulse to the exploration of the West by supplying a base for discovery stimulating enterprise by the longing to find gold mines open trade with New Mexico and get a fast hold on the countries beyond the Mississippi in anticipation of Spain; and to these motives was soon added the hope of finding an overland way to the Pacific