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Old August 25th, 2017, 11:04 PM   #1
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Cavelier de la Salle french explorator of America


Hello.The french explorator Cavelier de la Salle has he discovered the river Ohio ? Thank you.
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Old August 26th, 2017, 01:09 AM   #2

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Marquette and Joliet were also early French explores of the upper Mississippi River and connecting Great Lakes. They are renowned in Wisconsin history, where I lived as a lad.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 12:08 PM   #3
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LaSalle missed the Mississippi on his last trip, if I remember correctly. His ship was sunk off the coast of East Texas in Matagorda Bay. The ship's remains are now on display in the Texas State Museum in Austin.
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Yes, he did.

Discovery of the Ohio River from Beers History of Warren County, Ohio
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LaSalle missed the Mississippi on his last trip, if I remember correctly. His ship was sunk off the coast of East Texas in Matagorda Bay. The ship's remains are now on display in the Texas State Museum in Austin.
Just going by Wiki it appears he knew where the mouth of the Mississippi was but did lose his primary ship and had earlier lost a ship to pirates on the journey through the Carribean. Establishing a settlement in Texas one ship was sent back for supplies while LaSalle set out by foot back to the Mississippi and was killed in a dispute with some of his men. The remaining ship of the original 4 sank a little later leaving handful of survivors. The Spanish later investigated the presence of a French colony and found remains of the final ship and the camp survivors had stayed at but not the French settlement which is presumed to have been attacked by native peoples.
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The OP asked about the Ohio, not the Mississippi.
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LaSalle made about three major journeys: (1) from Lake Erie down a tributary of the Ohio and the Ohio itself to around Louisville, Kentucky; (2) across the lakes and down the Illinois River to the Mississippi, then down to the mouth of the Mississippi. This included some additional exploration in the area south of the Great Lakes; and, (3) an attempt to colonize the mouth of the Mississippi from France, which unfortunately missed its mark and ended up in what is now Texas.

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Just going by Wiki it appears he knew where the mouth of the Mississippi was but did lose his primary ship and had earlier lost a ship to pirates on the journey through the Carribean. Establishing a settlement in Texas one ship was sent back for supplies while LaSalle set out by foot back to the Mississippi and was killed in a dispute with some of his men. The remaining ship of the original 4 sank a little later leaving handful of survivors. The Spanish later investigated the presence of a French colony and found remains of the final ship and the camp survivors had stayed at but not the French settlement which is presumed to have been attacked by native peoples.
All according to Francis Parkman: the trip across was contentious, as LaSalle was given command of the expedition, but not the voyage itself. They missed the mouth of the Mississippi because the latitude reading from the previous expedition was wrong and they had no idea of the longitude. By the time they thought they might be getting near the target, they were past it. LaSalle seems to have insisted that the marshy area they landed in was in fact the Mississippi, and after some time the naval commander seems to have decided that LaSalle should be taken at his word, and the boat could return to France. After the truth sank in, there were several attempts for parties to walk out, and maybe the third attempt ended with LaSalle's murder.

Most amazing thing, to me: it seems that 6 men did eventually walk out, reached and ascended the Mississippi, crossed the Lakes and Canada, and made their way back to France.
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Most amazing thing, to me: it seems that 6 men did eventually walk out, reached and ascended the Mississippi, crossed the Lakes and Canada, and made their way back to France.
That is an astonishing accomplishment!
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Excavating La Belle in Matagorda Bay:

The Belle
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