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Title: Robert de La Salle

Robert de La Salle
  • Made by Cal Cerny
  • 1-25-2010

Jesuit religious order symbol
  • René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was born
    on November 21, 1643, in Rouen, France, and was
    briefly a member of the Jesuit religious order,
    taking his vows in 1660. On March 27, 1667, he
    left the Society of Jesus. He wanted to travel
    more than be a priest.
  • He learned many languages, and to use these
    skills he chose to leave school and travel.

His Sponsors
Intendant Jean Talon
  • La Salle received permisson from Governor Daniel
    Courcelle and Intendant Jean Talon

First Expedition
  • La Salle led an expedition in 1669 in which he
    reached the Ohio River and followed it as far as
    Louisville, Kentucky. He later participated in a
    mission that was to follow the northern shore of
    Lake Erie all the way to Michilimackinac. His
    group consisted of five canoes and 12 men. Father
    Francois Dollier de Casson traveled with him as
    far as Hamilton, Ontario with seven men in
    another three canoes.

His Route
This is the route La Salle took
Fort Frontenac
The building of Fort Frontenac
  • La Salle next oversaw the building of Fort
    Frontenac (now Kingston, Ontario) on Lake Ontario
    as part of the fur trade. The fort, which was
    completed in 1673, was named for La Salle's
    patron, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor
    General of New France. La Salle traveled to
    France early the next year to establish his claim
    and to procure royal support. With Frontenac's
    support, he received not only a fur trade
    concession, with permission to establish frontier
    forts, but also a title of nobility. He returned
    and rebuilt Frontenac in stone. Later Henri de
    Tonti joined his explorations.

The Griffon
  • La Salles ship, the Griffon, built in 1679 on
    Lake Erie, was a ship La Salle built for new
    expeditions and fur trading. An Italian soldier
    named Henry de Tonti, took charge of the building
    of the Griffon. Later Tonti became La Salles
    second in command and his best friend.

Last Voyage and Death
Secret La Salle grave stone
  • La Salles last voyage was from France to
    Louisiana. In 1684 La Salle and about 300 other
    people headed for the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle
    wanted to form a colony at the mouth of the
    Mississippi River. He had not made a map of the
    river mouth when he had first discovered it. La
    Salle sailed past the Mississippi and landed a
    Matagorda Bay, on the coast of Texas. The
    settlers found it hard to live in Texas. In
    1687, La Salle and many others set out to find
    another place for the colony to settle. Some
    unhappy settlers followed them and murdered La
    Salle. His Murder was a sad ending to his
    amazing life, but he will always be remembered as
    a brave explorer.