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La Salle

French Explorer of the Mississippi

Series: Great Explorers of the World

By David Aretha

René-Robert Cavelier, known as Sieur de La Salle, was the first European explorer to traverse the entire Mississippi River to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. Originally groomed for the priesthood in France, La Salle would journey through America on five separate expeditions. Author David Aretha describes how the explorer claimed the Louisiana territory for France in 1682 and met his end at the hands of his own men. Details about La Salle's legacy and the current dispute over raising the shipwreck of one of his ships are included.

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Reviews

"These accounts . . . make interesting reading as well as solid report material. The books are accessibly written . . ."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2009

"The layout is well balanced . . ."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, September 2009

"The last chapter (Columbus) offers an unusually good summary of how the world changed as different cultures encountered the others' foods, products, diseases, and social ideologies. Henry Hudson opens with a dramatic account of the mutiny during his fourth voyage and then presents informative accounts of his first three voyages in search of a northern sea route from Europe to Asia. In La Salle, Aretha gives a convincing portrayal of the explorer as a reserved, resilient, and determined man, while offering a readable account of his travels from France to Canada, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico."

Booklist, February 1, 2010

"This book is lavishly illustrated and the text is clear and comprehensible. While praising La Salle, it also explores the reasons why he was not a great leader of men."

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