René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle

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René-Robert Cavelier

A 19th-century engraving of Cavelier de La Salle
Born November 21, 1643(1643-11-21)
Rouen, Normandy, France
Died March 19, 1687(1687-03-19) (aged 43)
present day Huntsville, Texas
Nationality French
Occupation explorer
Known for exploring the Great Lakes,
Mississippi River,
and the Gulf of Mexico
Signature
Memorial Plaque to de La Salle in Rouen

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, or Robert de La Salle (November 21, 1643 – March 19, 1687) was a French explorer. He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle claimed the entire Mississippi River basin for France.