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There being no work of the same compass, in the English language, devoted to this interesting branch of History, and it being especially intended for the use of Academies and schools, the author might have dispensed with the necessity of furnishing a preface to make the general reader acquainted with the character and object of the publication. He deems it necessary, however, to remark, that the following pages comprise an abstract of all that has been written in the books and manuscripts that are extant, relating to the early history of this part of the American Continent. The subject is one, which will no doubt be hereafter more fully developed, as the works of other writers are brought to light. In the mean time he has been obliged to rely ehiefly on those sources of information, which are found in the scarce French works, that have been published on this subject, as well as in a few of the manuscripts of the early discoverers of the valley of the Missisippi, to which he has been permitted to have access.

St. Louis, February, 1852.

ADOLPIUS M. HART.

HISTORY

OF THE

DISCOVERY

OF THE

VALLEY OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

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