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Ren é-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de Las Salle. North American Explorer. Who Was La Salle?. Ren é-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was born in 1643 and died in 1687. He was a French explorer.

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Ren robert cavelier sieur de las salle
René-Robert Cavelier,Sieur de Las Salle

North American Explorer


Who was la salle
Who Was La Salle?

  • René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was born in 1643 and died in 1687. He was a French explorer.

  • La Salle was sent by King Louis XIV (14th) to travel south from Canada and sail down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • He was the 1st European to travel the length of the Mississippi River in 1682.


La salle s mission
La Salle’s Mission

  • His mission was to explore and establish fur-trade routes along the river.

  • Las Salle named the entire Mississippi River basin Louisiana, in honor of the King, and claimed it for France on April 9, 1682.

  • He explored the Great Lakes area.

  • He also tried to start a settlement in the southern Mississippi River Valley but was unsuccessful.


La salle s route
La Salle’s Route

  • This map shows several trips that La Salle and his men made.

  • They explored the Great Lakes area as well as the entire Mississippi River.


Exploring north america
Exploring North America

  • La Salle had become a fur trader in Canada trading with the Indians. The Indians told him about 2 great rivers which they thought went to the ocean.

  • La Salle wanted to explore these rivers to find the Northwest Passage from North America to Europe across the Pacific Ocean.


Ren robert cavelier sieur de las salle


Ren robert cavelier sieur de las salle


A second effort to settle
A Second Effort to Settle They followed it in canoes.

  • La Salle returned to France in 1683 but returned to the New World again in 1684 with four ships.

  • He intended to start a colony in the Mississippi River Valley.

  • The expedition lost a vital ship along the way and the rest of the group landed near what is now Houston, Texas.


Ren robert cavelier sieur de las salle

  • La Salle and his men had to fight off Indians who tried to take their supplies.

  • Another of their ships returned to France when it’s crew became frustrated with their difficulties.

  • They built a fort andexplored the area with their 20 remaining men. They were trying to locate the Mississippi River.


Ren robert cavelier sieur de las salle

  • Most of the men in this expedition died, only 8 survived. They returned to the French fort in Canada in 1686.

  • La Salle made one last attempt with 17 men. A few months into the journey, a small part of their group turned against La Salle.

  • This small group shot and killed La Salle on March 19th, 1687.


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