xxxxxThe French explorer La Salle (1643-
LA SALLE NAVIGATES THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 1680 -
La Salle: 19th century engraving, artist and location unknown. Map (North America): licensed under Creative Commons – https://5thgradesocialstudieswn.wikispaces.com. Claim: by the French illustrator Jean-
xxxxxLa Salle, full name René-
xxxxxBut La Salle remained determined -
xxxxxThe following year La Salle returned to France and gained the king's support for an ambitious project to establish a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi, and invade part of the Spanish province of Mexico. The expedition, made up of four ships, sailed in 1684 and soon ran into trouble. On the journey, ships were lost by storm or piracy, and many men died of disease. On reaching the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle had difficulty in finding the entrance to the Mississippi and eventually landed on the shores of present-
xxxxxIncidentally, the Indians gave the Mississippi its name. It means The Father of Rivers or The Great River (Missi Sipi). ......
xxxxx…… In 1925 the Canadian writer and poet Sir Gilbert Parker wrote the historical novel The Power and the Glory, a somewhat colourful account of La Salle's exploits.