“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
If the early settlers had come from the west or south, at the point where the Missouri & Mississippi meet they would have seen that the Mississippi was the smaller river system joining the larger Missouri system.
The territory west of Big Muddy comprised the Louisiana Purchase.
Per now-deceased comedian Tim Wilson, “When we bought the Louisiana Purchase, we gave 3 cents an acre. If we sold it today, we could probably triple our money.”
That is quite the watershed.
Possibly stupid question here, but who decides, and how, which of the waterways is "the" river into which the others all flow? Just start at the most-northerly branch and call that the headwater of the river?
I think you kind of reverse engineer it. Start at the mouth and work your back through any connecting offshoots until you can’t branch out anymore
@Anonymous: That would give you a map, but I'd think *all* the branches could be back-tracked like that.Meh, it's not a big issue:-)
Looks like the artist got bored when he got east of Indiana. There's a lot missing, and a bit wrong.
It's about the muddy Mighty Miss. No tribs East of Indi.Look at the tributaries alone, nothing else; it still appears to be North America.Look at it! :)
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Tote that barge, lift that bail, have a lil drink and youse goes to jail.But that old man river, he jus' keeps rollin' along.