Excerpt from Mississippi Valley Beginnings: An Outline of the Early History of the Earlier West Volumes have been written upon the so-called West, that seem to igre its broader significance and assume it to be an area of limited extent whose confines extend but little beyond those of a comparatively few States, particularly those carved from what was once kwn as the Northwest Territory. Other volumes have been devoted to certain phases and periods of Western pioneer life, but take little account of racial elements other than the Anglo-Saxon, twithstanding these others have lived this life and contributed to its social and institutional expression. Still other volumes give titular attention to Louisiana as embracive of the whole Mississippi Valley. Yet, in their detailed narratives of French and Spanish dominations, the vision of their readers is made to extend but little beyond the boundaries proper of the State that w bears that name. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.