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Michigan. Here for a time, owing to the
death of the great pioneer of French exploration
and the religious complications following
the substitution of Jesuit missionaries
for the Recollects, the thin current of
French migration ceased, except for occasional
fur-trading expeditions. Even during
this period of restricted life upon the
St. Lawrence there came those same uncertain
rumors of great western waters that
had deceived Champlain; and when, with
renewed government activity, the western
movement again began, a prominent motive
that urged it forward was the solution of
this geographical problem-a problem that
engaged the attention of New France's
greatest governor-general, the Count of
Frontenac, and the energies of its most intrepid
explorer, the subject of these volumes.
The French occupation of the Mississippi
Valley, to use a somewhat clumsy figure of
speech, resembled a wedge whose apex was
aimed at the mouth of the great river, whose
eastern side threatened not merely to restrain
the English beyond the mountains,
but to push the Spaniards out of Florida,
while its other side measurably encroached
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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/m1/7/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.