It Happened on the Mississippi River (It Happened In Series)
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Not just the purview of Mark Twain and his characters, the Mighty Mississippi offers a fascinating look at America. Thirty stories from the history of the Mississippi River will captivate you as you travel from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.
creating a problem of relief and rehabilitation, the magnitude of which it is scarcely possible to exaggerate. I sometimes wonder if the people of our country realize just what this calamity is. Do they know that before the flood recedes more than half a million Americans, men, women and children, will have seen their homes swallowed up in the deluge, their crops destroyed, their businesses ruined? Frank Kent, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, declared that “The San Francisco earthquake and fire
plan, combining selected reforestation, reservoir and spillway construction, basin containment, and vital levee placement, was proposed to prevent a recurrence of such a catastrophe. But, in the very same issue of Time, another small news item tucked away on page eight must have instilled fear in many a reader. It reported briefly that: Meanwhile in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri a new flood was driving valley-dwellers away from the homes to which they had returned with the receding of the
habitations standing close together; each making a causey [causeway, or levee] to secure his ground from inundations, which fail not to come every year with the spring: and at that time, if any ships happen to be in the harbour of New Orleans, they speedily set sail; because the prodigious quantity of dead wood, or trees torn up by the roots, which the river brings down, would lodge before the ship, and break the stoutest cables. Apparently, sufficient quantities of limestone for Du Pratz’s
to the Rocky Mountains and from the Canadian border to the frontiers of New Spain. But news of the property transfer was slow getting to America from Europe, and by the time residents of the Illinois towns and forts looked for other, friendlier places in which to relocate, a Frenchman by the name of Laclède had already solved the problem. Pierre de Laclède Liguest was born in the French Pyrenees around 1724, and in 1755 he migrated to New Orleans where he formed a partnership with Gilbert
Revolution got underway in earnest, George Rogers Clark became particularly worried about the fate of his neighbors in Kentucky. In late 1776, the entire region presently known by that name was still part of the Virginia colony and organized into a separate county. Thousands of emigrants flocked from their homes in the Allegheny Mountains to settle the rich lands in the central portion of the future commonwealth. Responding to the incursion, several Indian tribes, including the powerful Shawnees,