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2 ROBERT CAVELIER, SIEUR DE LA SALLE. [1682.
the Sailor was naught compared to what one might ac-
cumulate in that land beyond the sea. It is not to be
wondered, then, that the French were so eager to hear
what La Salle had to say.
Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, was of a good
French family, and had been carefully educated, as his
parents intended him for the priesthood. However, he
was fond of adventure, and on hearing such wonderful
stories of the new world, he abandoned the idea of be-
coming a priest, and went to Canada, where he engaged
in fur-trading. He afterward decided to devote his en-
ergies to discovering a new route to China, and began by
sailing down the Mississippi River, which he thought,
from the account given by the Indians, emptied into the
Pacific Ocean. But he soon discovered that the Gulf of
Mexico, not the Pacific Ocean, was the outlet of the great
river. Continuing his journey, he arrived at the mouth
of the Mississippi, April 19, 1682, one hundred and forty
years after De Soto saw the great Father of Waters. La
Salle took possession of all the lands on both sides of the
river in the name of his king, Louis XIV., while his heart
beat fast with the pure joy of patriotism as he looked
upon all the beautiful country he was winning for his
La Salle's Return.-This was the man who had re-
turned to France, and was now standing before the king
telling of his voyages and adventures. As in glowing
words he pictured the grand Mississippi, with river after
river paying it tribute, and at last the great stream giv-
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