René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643 - 1687)

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Nicknames: "Father of the Louisiana Territory"
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Birthplace: Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
Death: Died in Huntsville, Walker, TX, USA
Cause of death: Assassinated; gunshot to the head
Occupation: Explorer
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was an explorer best known for leading an expedition down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, claiming the region watered by the Mississippi and its tributaries for France, and naming it Louisiana after King Louis XIV. His last expedition was to invade and conquer part of the Spanish province of Mexico, which failed and cost La Salle his life.

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René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's Timeline

1643
November 21, 1643
Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
November 22, 1643
Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
1660
1660
Age 16

Took his vows to become a Jesuit.

1667
1667
Age 23

La Salle traveled from France to Quebec, New France (Canada), in late 1667. He was determined to find a water passage to the east through North America.

1679
1679
Age 35

He explored Lake Michigan (1679), Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. He tried to start a settlement in the southern Mississippi River Valley, but the venture ended in disaster.

1682
April 9, 1682
Age 38

He was the first European to travel the length of the Mississippi River. His mission was to explore and establish fur-trade routes along the river. La Salle named the entire Mississippi basin Louisiana, in honor of the King, and claimed it for France on April 9, 1682

1687
March 19, 1687
Age 43
Huntsville, Walker, TX, USA