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Robert de LaSalle

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was a French explorer. He was the first European to travel the length of the Mississippi River. He had been sent by King Louis XIV to travel south from Canada and sail down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

On a 1681 journey, La Salle and about 40 men again headed to the Mississippi River. They reached the Mississippi River on February 6, 1682, then headed down it in canoes.

His mission was to explore and establish fur-trade routes along the river. La Salle named the entire Mississippi basin Louisiana, in honor of the King, and claimed it for France on April 9, 1682.

   explorer      February 6, 1682      forty      France      fur-trade routes      Gulf of Mexico      King Louis XIV      Louisiana      Mississippi River.   
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1. René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was a French .

2. He was the first European to travel the length of the

3. He had been sent by to travel south from Canada.

4. LaSalle and sailed down the Mississippi River to the .

5. On a 1681 journey, he and about men again headed to the Mississippi River.

6. They reached the Mississippi River on .

7. His mission was to explore and establish along the river.

8. La Salle named the entire Mississippi basin , in honor of the King.

9. He claimed it for on April 9, 1682.