Freeman's Expedition

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FREEMAN'S EXPEDITION was arranged to carry out President Thomas Jefferson's orders in 1805 to explore the Red River of Louisiana and Texas. With a party of twenty-five men and three boats, Thomas Freeman left Fort Adams, Mississippi, at the mouth of Red River, in April 1806. Forty-five miles above Natchitoches, Louisiana, the party left the last white settlement behind. At a point 635 miles from the mouth of the Red River, the group was turned back by a Spanish military party, having added little to American knowledge of the new Louisiana Purchase except for an accurate map of the lower Red River.


Flores, Dan L., ed. Jefferson and Southwestern Exploration: The Freeman and Custis Accounts of the Red River Expedition of 1806. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984.

Carl L.Cannon/a. r.

See alsoExplorations and Expeditions: U.S. ; Louisiana Purchase .