Louis Armand, Baron de Lahontan (1666-1715) served in the French military in
Canada where he traveled extensively in the Wisconsin and Minnesota
region and the upper Mississippi valley. Upon his return to Europe
he wrote an enormously popular travelogue. In it he embellished his
knowledge of the geography of the Great Lakes region and created
several fictions. The immense popularity of the book resulted in
his distorted cartography being accepted by several eminent cartographers
who incorporated the "Lahontan" concepts into most of the maps of the 18th century.
He was born into the aristocracy and inherited the title Baron Lahontan with his
father's death in 1674. Through family influence, he joined the French Marine
Corps and was sent to New France
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