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Robert de La Salle

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Robert La Salle

Robert La Salle

La Salle Map
La Salle Map
La Salle Begins  Exploration of the Mississippi

La Salle Begins Exploration of the Mississippi

For the next several years, in addition to his many business ventures, La Salle explored the entire southern region of the Great Lakes. These efforts culminated in a major expedition to determine once and for all whether the Mississippi River flowed into the Gulf of Mexico as he had always surmised. Departing from present day Fort Wayne, Indiana, his expedition canoed down the entire length of the Mississippi and reached the Gulf in April, 1682. La Salle buried an engraved plaque and a cross at the mouth of the river, claiming the entire Mississippi Basin for France and naming it La Louisiane in honor of his sovereign, King Louis XIV.

Excited by his discovery, La Salle returned to France, determined to convince the king that a French colony must be established on the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi. From such a colony France would be in position to control the shipment of goods from the interior of the continent, harass Spanish shipping in the Gulf, or even launch an invasion of New Spain if it became necessary. King Louis agreed and on July 24, 1684, La Salle set sail from the French port of La Rochelle with high hopes and a fleet of four ships and 280 men. Unfortunately, the expedition would suffer many misfortunes along the way. *** Now read the entire article posted on this web site at “A Glimpse of Texas Past”. *** 

La Salle Councils with Indians
La Salle Councils with Indians

 

La Salle Claims Louisiana
La Salle Claims Louisiana

 

La Salle Louis IV
La Salle Louis IV

 

La Salle Preparing to Sail
La Salle Preparing to Sail

 

La Salle Three Ships
La Salle Three Ships

 

La Salle La Belle Entering Matagorda Bay
La Salle La Belle Entering Matagorda Bay

 

La Salle Ft. St. Louis Cannons
La Salle Ft. St. Louis Cannons

 

La Salle Old Map
La Salle Old Map

 

La Salle Killed
La Salle Killed

 

La Salle Navasota Statue
La Salle Navasota Statue

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