Robert de la Salle

Robert de la Salle

by Samuel Willard Crompton




La Salle is one of the best-known but least-understood explorers of human history. Celebrated for following the Mississippi to its mouth in present-day Louisiana, he was also berated for failing to locate that same area when he came by sea. Justly known as the greatest of the canoe-carrying and paddle-wielding Frenchmen of his time, he was a failure when it came to colonization and conquest. There was greatness within him, including a powerful will to succeed, but there also was sheer stubbornness, which cost him when he attempted to create a French colony in what is now Texas. In Robert de La Salle, read about a man whose journeys encouraged explorers from other European nations to survey the southeastern United States.

Great Explorers tells the stories of some of the world's most influential figures whose quest for gold, land, and knowledge changed the course of history and created the modern globe. These books are a key resource to help students understand the stages of European exploration amid international rivalries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604134193
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Chelsea House Great Explorers Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 Seven Feet Under 6

2 A Norman in America 11

3 The Norman and the Gascon 21

4 The Father of Waters 33

5 To the Gulf 52

6 New Directions 63

7 Catastrophe 79

8 La Salle and the West: His Legacy 89

Chronology and Timeline 96

Glossary 100

Bibliography 102

Further Resources 103

Picture Credits 105

Index 106

About the Author 110

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