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Rene Robert Cavelier As A Jesuit

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René-Robert Cavelier was born November 21, 1643, in Rouen, France. From a young age, Cavalier went to school to study to be a Jesuit. In 1660, at the age of 17, he enrolled in Collége Henri IV, a Jesuit school near Angers, to further his studies. In 1663, King Louis XIV (14) declares New France (present-day Canada) a French Province, and La Salle seizes his chance. A few years later, at 22, La Salle left his religious training in search of a valid exploit to add to his name. He sailed to New France on behalf of the French government in 1667 and took the name of his family’s estate ‘La Salle’. Upon arrival, La Salle acquired land in Montreal, Canada and started a small but prosperous fur trading business. He traded mostly with the…show more content…
In 1673, he is commissioned again to build a fort on the north shore of Lake Ontario, near the Niagara River. The construction lasted until 1675. At the end of his contract, he built a ship he named the Griffin to explore the Great Lakes. In 1677, La Salle won approval from the king for an expedition to search for the origin of the Mississippi River, somewhere between Florida, Texas, and New France; his actual intent was to trade with the Indians more directly and colonize the Illinois Valley. The preparation for this trip lasts two years. In late 1679, the expedition set off on the Griffin’s maiden voyage with a crew of 32, La Salle, and La Salle’s father. The expedition stalled on the St. Joseph River near present-day Peoria, Illinois, where plans to build new fort arise. La Salle disembarked again on foot to Fort Frontenac to get help with building the fort ( the fort is to be named Fort Créveccoeur). A few weeks later, he arrives at Fort Frontenac and asks the whereabouts of his ship, the Griffin. La Salle learned that on his ship’s return from Green Bay, Wisconsin, the ship and its crew stopped in either Washington or Rock Island it and then vanished with all six remaining crew members and a load of furs. From 1681 to 1682, La Salle planned a second trip that reached the mouth of the Mississippi and claimed it in the name of Louis XIV. In 1683, La Salle returned to France to trick the king into
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