René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur De La Salle - Research Article from Science and Its Times

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1643-1687

French explorer who was the first European to follow the Mississippi south to the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle left France for New France (Canada) in 1667. He conducted many expeditions, including an exploration of the Great Lakes aboard the Griffon in 1679. Although many of his voyages wound up unsuccessful, he achieved what no European had before: a voyage south on the Mississippi River to the Gulf Coast in 1682. Five years and several calamitous adventures later, La Salle's men became so enraged with their leader that they shot him dead and left his body where it fell in the wilderness of what is now Texas.

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