by Francis Parkman (1869, 1883 ed.)
Originally published in 1869, the PDF edition presents the 1883 Twelfth Edition in its entirety. The presentation is in portrait mode and the text is fully-searchable and fully-printable. Parkman was a meticulous researcher, and diligently footnoted virtually every fact and passage. Each of these footnotes appears on the same page on which it is referred (there are over 350 footnotes).
"This volume embodies the exploits and adventures of the first European explorers of the Valley of the Mississippi; the efforts of the French to secure the whole interior of the Continent; the attempt of La Salle to find a westward passage to India; his colony on the Illinois; his scheme of invading Mexico; his contest with the Jesuits; and his assassination by his own followers." - Advertisement for the Twelfth Edition (Little, Brown, and Company, 1883)
(2.35Mb, 312pp, 2 excellent full-page maps; 2 Appendices)
Additional material, including maps, photos and other documents supporting "La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West," as well as substantial additional resources related to colonial-era North America, are hyperlinked to www.FrancisParkman.com.