ADVENTURES IN THE UNKNOWN INTERIOR OF AMERICA
NOTES TO THE CHAPTERS by Mark D. Lacy
This Satellite Image shows that at the point when the rafts entered the strong currents of the Mississippi River as it met the Gulf of Mexico, the rafts would have been swept out to sea, but propelled in the westward direction of the central Louisiana coast. The green area in the lower right (southeast) corner shows the powerful river expelling sediment from the interior. Click on the image for a larger version.
The concave shape of the western Louisiana coastline is an area that suffers from rapid erosion of the shores. Islands may have existed there. The green area in the lower central coast is sediment from the central Louisiana drainage and Atchafalaya Basin. The Mississippi River can be seen carrying silt all along the modern eastern Louisiana border.
Read chapters for the next section "Stranded on Galveston."
1) The Americas
2) Ashore in Florida
3) Back to the Seas
4) Stranded on Galveston
5) Into the Interior
Get more information and interesting viewpoints from: Donald E. Sheppard and PBS, Perspectives on the West (Go to "Events in the West" and click on "Show Contents" to get a timeline).