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La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West (Modern Library Exploration)

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René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643-1687), one of the most legendary explorers of the New World, is best known for claiming the entire Louisiana Territory for France in 1682. Two years later, he was given the order to colonize and govern the great expanse of territory between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico. He set out from France with four ships but never reached ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1869)
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Douglas Dalrymple
Published in 1869, this is the third of Parkman’s seven volumes on the history of France in the New World. Most of the present volume follows the career of Rene-Robert Cavelier de la Salle (1643-1687), early explorer of the Ohio, the Illinois and the Mississippi. Secondary characters include La Salle’s stalwart lieutenant, the literally iron-fisted Henri de Tonty; and Fr Louis Hennepin, who spent time as a captive of the Sioux and went on to lie through his rather substantial nose about himself ...more
Smith Nickerson
Really not too sure how to rate. Found the archaic language to be fun and challenging. Best to get a map of the eastern Mississippi watershed to follow some of his journeys.

Blind ambition, exploitation and greed. Does not end well for La Salle.


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