The French Explorers LaSalle and Cavalier claimed The Mississippi River Basin in North America, in the name of France - in 1682. By 1699, the first permanent French Colony was established in The Region. The Flag used to identify that claim was The Bourbon Flag. Also known as The Louis-Bourbon Flag after King Louis XIV, was a White Field in entirety. Centered and off-set, were 3 Golden Fleur-de-lis (The symbol of France). The Flag was flown in all New World French Colonies until 1763.