Helen Moorhouse collection 1906, [1915]
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Biography

Vallette de Laudun was a French army officer who commanded an expedition to the Louisiana Territory in 1720. The French claimed Louisiana when René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle explored the area in 1682, though settlers proved slow in moving to the area. By 1720, settlers founded several towns in the territory, including New Orleans, which became capital of French Louisiana in 1721.