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|Colony: 1682–1763 (Fr)
|Colony: 1763–1801 (Sp)
|Colony: 1801–1803 (Fr)
|Territory: Mar 26, 1804
|Statehood: Apr 30, 1812
|Borders: AR, MS and TX
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Maps of Louisiana are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Louisiana maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.
Our collection of Louisiana maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 18th century to the present and include:
- Louisiana Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
- Louisiana Road, Highway and railroad maps
- Louisiana Maps showing the state’s geological features
- Louisiana Nautical charts
- Louisiana timeline of parish boundaries changes
- Louisiana Military maps
- Louisiana Maps of specific towns, parishes, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
- Colonial era maps of Louisiana
- Bird’s eye views of Louisiana cities and towns
There are large Louisiana map collections in both university libraries and public libraries. There are also several map collections in historical and genealogical societies, as well as private collections and archives.
The French Quarter is home to the Historic New Orleans Collection, which includes the d’Auberville-Bouligny Family Papers and the Bouligny Family Papers. Those collections include maps and large amounts of documentation about the Spanish and French colonial times.
There is information found in Louisiana maps that cannot be found elsewhere. For example, the Claude Perrin Victor Papers and the Pierre Clement de Laussat Papers are particularly full of useful information.
Antebellum era maps can also give researchers insights into transportation methods and population growth across Louisiana.
Every piece of property in the French Quarter is listed in the Vieux Carr Survey. Photographs, drawings, and property title chains are included. The Historic New Orleans Collection also includes many of those documents.
Original survey plats, field notes, and maps of Louisiana that were made by early surveyors working for the United States can be found in Baton Rouge at the State Land Office, which is in the State Land and Natural Resources Building. The clerk of courts office in each parish courthouse may also hold plat maps, which list land ownership.
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Louisiana
This Historical Louisiana Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Louisiana were published in atlases and spans over 225 years of growth for the state.
Some Louisiana maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Louisiana researcher.
d’Anville’s 1752 Carte de la Louisiane (State Map of Louisiana)
Jeffery’s 1776 Map of the Coast of West Florida and Louisiana with the Bahama Islands
Jeffery’s 1776 Map of the Course of the Mississippi River from the Balise to Fort Chartres
Arrowsmith’s 1804 State Map of Louisiana
Carey’s 1814 State Map of Louisiana
Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Louisiana
Finley’s 1827 State Map of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi
Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Louisiana with Its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes with New Orleans.
Morse’s 1845 State Map of Louisiana
Colton’s 1856 State Map of Louisiana
Colton’s 1856 City Map of New Orleans LA with City of Louisville KY
1866 State Map of Louisiana Public Survey Sketches by the Department of Interior Land Office
Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi
Mitchell’s 1880 City Map of New Orleans
Map of Louisiana Parish Formations 1805-1990
This Interactive Map of Louisiana Parishes show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every parish, extinct parish and unsuccessful parish proposal from the creation of the Louisiana territory in 1805 to 1990.
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Louisiana Parish Maps of Road and Highway’s
The Louisiana D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 parish road maps free onlinr. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.
External Louisiana Map Resources
- Old Historical Maps of Louisiana (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- Louisiana Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- U.S., Indexed Parish Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Library of Congress Louisiana Map Collections (loc.gov)
- Old Maps of Louisiana (old-maps.com)
- Louisiana Antique Maps and Historical Atlases (historicmapworks.com)
- Historical Louisiana State Maps (mapsofthepast.com)
- Antique Maps of Louisiana (raremaps.com)
- Louisiana Map Books (amazon.com)