René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
A 19th-century engraving of Cavelier de La Salle
|Born||Rouen, Normandy, France|
|Died||March 19, 1687
present day Huntsville, Texas
|Known for||exploring the Great Lakes,
and the Gulf of Mexico
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.