The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 180
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180 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
No. 3. The Mississippi River was called the "Colbert" in honor
of the Minister of France, M. Colbert, who died in 1683. In the
Relation de Henri de Tonty, published by M. Pierre Margry, in Vol-
ume 1 of his " Decouvertes et Etablissements des Francais," we find
it stated by T'onty that it was La Salle himself who so named the
river. "Cela fut cause que nous n' arrivasmes que le 6 F6vrier au
fleuve de Mississippi, qui fut nomme Colbert par M. de La Salle."'
No. 4. La Stalle states first of all that his party was assured by
the nations living along the great river that they were the first Eu-
ropeans who have "descended or ascended the said River Colbert."
Moreover, French, who is very often wrong in his conjectures,
can hardly be justified in saying that "La Salle seems to have
been the first to identify the great river of Marquette and Joliet
with the great river of De Soto." On the contrary, in the fragment
in his own handwriting, published by Margry in the second volume
of his documentary collection, entitled Revi :es et Peuplades des
Pays De~ouverts, disproves this identity by adducing a number of
No. 5. The Seignelay, or Illinois, is the present Illinois River.
It was by way of this river that Pere Marquette made his return
trip 'after the discovery of the Mississippi.3
EDMOND J. P. SCHMITT.
1Loc. cit., p. 595.
2 See pp. 196-200, loo. cit., Vol. II.
8 See Marquette, Spark's American Biography, Vol. X, especially p. 298.
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