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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.




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.


  • 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.


  • 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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