The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 5 of 330
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THE career of Rene Robert Cavelier,
Sieur de La Salle, in a measure links the
exploits of his compatriot Champlain, in the
North, with those of Cabeza de Vaca, De
Soto and Coronado, in the South and
Southwest, and thus fittingly closes the
heroic period of Spanish and French exploration
in North America. Champlain, in
his search for an illusory western sea, was
facing in the direction of a possible colonial
empire, but his knowledge was too limited
and the resources of his colony too meagre
to permit him to develop it. The Spaniards
DeVaca, De Soto, and Coronado, whose narratives
have already appeared in The Trail
Makers, had preceded La
Salle nearly a
century and a half, but for this long period
their suggestion of colonial expansion in
the Mississippi Valley had remained unheeded.
It is true that an occasional
memoir-such as that of Father Benavides,
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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/m1/5/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.