La SalleBy Trevor CrouchTable of Contents : Early Life : Exploration : Finally Finding the Mississippi River : La Salle’s Horrible Last ExpeditionIntroduction La Salle was the first person to travel the length of the Mississippi River he was alsoEarly Life La Salle was born in November 22 1643 in Rouen France.
When La Salle was born he was part of a rich family. His parents were Jean Cavelier, Catherine Geest, and brother Jean Cavelier. La Salle went to Jesuit college.
He studied priesthood but when he was 22 he found out that he was more into exploration and in 1666 he went to Canada to meet his fortune.ExplorationLa Salle was a hug part of the fur trade because of this he went to seek more. So when he went back to France in 1677 he ask the kings permission to go explore the western parts of New France and to build as many forts as he wanted. In 1678 he returned to Canada with an Italian soldier named Henri de Tonty who was his most loyal friend and ally. In the early following year he built the “Griffon” with Henri which was the first commercial sailing ship on Lake Erie. Finally Finding the Mississippi RiverAfter several losses La Salle had finally found the Mississippi River that he dreamed of for so long he finally found it.
But he couldn’t explore it because Henri and his crew were in danger so he had to turn back to help them. Then La Salle and Henri succeeded on canoeing down the Mississippi river and got to the Gulf of Mexico. On 1682 they claimed the whole of the Mississippi basin to France and named it louisiana after King Louis XIV. La Salle’s Horrible Last ExpeditionThe last expedition was horrible for a start the crew baraley left France and they lost vessels from shipwreck, while everyone started to get sick.
From a miscalculation the accidently ended up in Matagorda Bay in Texas which was 500 miles west. After several journeys of the lost Mississippi River La Salle died on March 19 1687 and he was 44 years old and died by his own men because they did not want to look and they got angry and tired