The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 9 of 330
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strate the possibility of entering this great
valley and. to be first to lead the way ia
its effective occupation.
'Even during the period of governmental
inaction, which terminated in i663, La Salle
had his precursors, whose labor was of'
direct stimulus and aid to him. Jesuit missionaries,
during their brief sojourn among
the Hurons, heard occasional stories of a
great western river flowing into the South
Sea. Adventurous traders, among whom
the most notable were Grosseilliers and
Radisson, explored the shores of Lake
Superior and -possibly penetrated. to the
Mississippi. After i66i Colbert, in Frnce,'
and Tracy, Courcelles and Talon,-in Canada,
took up with energy the task of exploration
abandoned some thirty years before.
The Jesuit Allouez established missions
upon Green Bay and the Fox River,
The trader Joliet ahd the Jesuit Marquette
were despatched in quest of the great western
water, and after passing by the FoxWisconsin
portage, in June, 1673, they began
the first undoubted French exploration
of the Mississippi itself. The final completiqn
of this task fell to those whose deed.
are reported in the following pages.
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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/m1/9/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.