The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 14 of 330
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tenac, La Salle petitioned for a seigneurial
grant which included this fort and the surrounding
region. In return he agreed to
reimburse Frontenac for the expense incurred
in its construction and to rebuild it
in masonry. This,undertaking involved an
expense which was destined greatly to handicap
his future movements; and as a
recompense for his service and others
which he expected to render the crown
of France, he also petitioned for a
patent of nobility.
Obtaining a favorable response to both
his petitions, he returned to Canada, late in
1675, in company with a future companion,
the Recollect friar, Louis Hennepin. Secure
in the favor of the governor-general, with
a grant including the most valuable seigneury
in New France and a practical
monopoly of the western fur trade, La Salle
had every prospect of becoming the most
wealthy proprietor of the colony, and at the
same time of advancing materially the fortunes
of his patron. He spent the next two
years in establishing his grant more firmly
by rebuilding the fort, introducing settlers,
and constructing vessels to ply on Lake
Ontario. At the end of this time report
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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/m1/14/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.