The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 20 of 330
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original sources, in a measure are subject
to the same criticism. Shea, in his various
editorial notes, minimizes the work of La
Salle, and in a way that is far from just.
Winsor, in his Cartier to Frontenac, occupies
a middle position and one probably more
nearly true than the others. He, however,
overestimates the connection between La
Salle and Penialosa in the Texas voyage.
The testimony of contemporary writers
seems to show that La Salle had a few influential
friends who were distinguished by
their loyalty to him and by their confidence
in his ultimate success. His enemies were
numerous and vindictive, but he neither
took the pains to conciliate them, nor apparently
had he the tact to do so, had he
tried. He was coldly ambitious, reserved
to hauteur, over-confident in his own judgment,
with great natural ability and equal
determination, imaginative to a fault, and
consequently often more visionary than
practical. Had he been allowed to carry
out his plans unopposed, it is hardly too
much to say that more than one seven
years' war would have been necessary to
shake the hold of France upon the interior;
but when those plans ran counter to the
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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/m1/20/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.