The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 13 of 330
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at this period he explored the upper courses
of both the Ohio and the Illinois.
From the uncertainty of these four years
La. Salle emerges, in I673, as the assistant
of Frontenac in erecting a fort upon the
shores of Lake Ontario. The immediate
object of these confederates was to overawe
the Iroquois and to control the western
fur trade; and the furtherance of this
object included the erection of a fort on
the Niagara River and the construction of
a vessel on Lake Erie. These evident aims
of the governor aroused a host of enemies
against him and his young subordinate,
including not merely Dutch and English
traders and the Iroquois, as we should naturally
expect, but also Canadians and
Jesuits, for he was running counter to their
cherished plans to control the fur trade and
evangelize the natives.
Owing to the vigorous opposition of these
domestic enemies, Frontenac was constrained,
in the fall of 1674, to send La
Salle to France to provide for the future
maintenance of this western outpost, to
which the name of Fort Frontenac (now
Kingston) had been given. In accordance
with evident prearrangement with Fronxii
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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/m1/13/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.