René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle

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René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle

Birthplace: Rouen, Normandie, France
Death: Died in Huntsville, Walker, TX, USA
Cause of death: assassinated (gunshot to the head)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Cavelier and Catherine Gest
Husband of Danielle Cavelier
Partner of Madeleine Cavelier
Brother of Abbé Jean Cavelier; Catherine Cavelier; Robert Cavelier; Nicolas Cavelier and Unknown Crevel

Occupation: explorateur; explorer
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle


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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 de La Salle's Timeline

November 21, 1643
Rouen, Normandie, France
November 22, 1643
Rouen, Normandie, France
Age 16

Took his vows to become a Jesuit.

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.

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.

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

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