|The Explorations of La Salle
Before a territory can be settled, it has to be explored. Through an exquisite quest, amongst adventure and hardships, Sir Rene Robert Cavelier de La Salle set out to explore the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
In the winter of 1681-1682, the French explorer Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, led an expedition from Canada down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle reached the river's outlet to the gulf, where he set up a cross and a wooden post carved with the coat of arms of his king, Louis XIV. In the presence of a handful of followers, the thirty-nine-year old explorer claimed the entire Mississippi watershed for France, and named the new territory "Louisiana." His goals were to chart the lands for claims and settlement of his beloved France. Unfortunately, not all explorers achieve success, and hardships come with the tide.
A Proposal to the King
La Salle returned to French Canada, then set sail for France to seek the...