Robert De la Salle

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Birthday
21, 1643
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Mar 19, 1687 (43)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
21, 1643
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Mar 19, 1687 (43)

About

French seventeenth-century explorer who traveled to the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes regions. He set up forts in many of the major waterways of the Americas. At one point his crew, on a voyage to Mexico, rose up in a mutiny against him.

Before Fame

He first traveled to New France in 1666, intending to live as a colonist, having been deprived of his family's fortune after deciding to join the Jesuit Order.

Trivia

His explorations resulted in the Mississippi River Basin coming under French control.

Family Life

He was born in Rouen, France to an upper-class family. His brother, Jean, became a priest in the Sulpician tradition.

Associated With

He and Joseph Nicollet were both French explorers who traveled to the Mississippi River region.