The author of this comprehensive history was the first Louisianahistorian to document his studies through research in the nationalarchives of France and Spain. Volume II (originally published in 1854)finishes the story begun in the first volume of the French influence inLouisiana. Topics include everything from struggles with the NativeAmericans to the arrival of the Acadians.The first page of each new lecture, as Gayarre calls hischapters, includes a list of the topics and events discussed in thesection. While reading, one can also enjoy maps of Louisiana as it was atthe time covered. The exciting account of French rule in Louisiana willmake readers thirsty for the rest of the story in Volumes III and IV.