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La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West

La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375754753

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ISBN13: 978-0375754753
ISBN10: 037575475X
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Modern Library
Published: 1999
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La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375754753

Francis Parkman and Jon Ed. Krakauer

ISBN13: 978-0375754753
ISBN10: 037575475X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Modern Library

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643-1687), one of the most legendary explorers of the New World, is best known for claiming the entire Louisiana Territory for France in 1682. Two years later, he was given the order to colonize and govern the great expanse of territory between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico. He set out from France with four ships but never reached his destination. Landing somewhere in East Texas, he and his men were ravaged by disease, weakened by hard labor, even gored by buffalo as they tried to locate the mouth of the Mississippi River, which was obscured by the sandy sameness of the Gulf coastline. In 1687, on a third attempt to locate the river by an overland route, La Salle was murdered by his own men in the desolate country between the Trinity and Brazos rivers. His body was never found.

Author Bio

Parkman, Francis :

Francis Parkman was born in Boston in 1823 and is best known for his masterly seven-volume series, France and England in North America, and for the annual prize awarded by the Society of American Historians in his honor. He died in 1893.

Krakauer, Jon :

Jon Krakauer is the author of Into Thin Air, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Into the Wild. His work has appeared in many magazines, including Outside, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He chose the books in the Modern Library Exploration series for their literary merit and historical significance---and because he found them such a pleasure to read.

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