The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 10 of 330
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Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle,
was born in Rouen, France, in November,
1643. Of a wealthy family, he received
an excellent education, especially in mathematics.
As a youth he probably had some
connection with the Jesuits, but he early left
their order. In 1666 he came to Canada,
where a brother-a member of the Sulpitian
order at Montreal-had already preceded
him. Doubtless through the influence of
this brother, he obtained, in Ii Z, a large
grant of land at the rapids afterwards
known as lA hine-a name suggestive of
western exploration that still hoped to reach
the distant East.
Although applying himself to his task as
proprietor with commendable industry and
meeting with a reasonable degree of success,
other duties than those of Seigneur
under the Old Regime in Canada appealed
to the ambitious Frenchman. He made
short excursions to the west and north, so
as to satisfy himself that no way to the
western sea lay in those directions. He
acquired some practical knowledge in the
Indian tongues and in methods of dealing
with the natives, for his position on the St.
Lawrence gave him a partial monopoly of
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/10/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.