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Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle (1643-1687) was the first man to navigate—with extreme difficulty—the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes region to the Gulf of Mexico, thereby establishing France's claim on a swath of the North American continent equal to half the size of Europe, which La Salle named Louisiana. Johnson's new biography of the dauntless explorer provides a detailed panorama of the European nations' efforts to control North America, and the results these endeavors had on the future of the continent. Johnson also makes use of new information regarding La Salle's final expedition, in which he was killed by his own men after a failed attempt to reach the mouth of the Mississippi from the Caribbean. How this veteran explorer ended up hundreds of miles off course, for centuries a mystery among historians, is explained here in convincing detail.
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Donald Johnson, author of Charting the Sea of Darkness: The Four Voyages of Henry Hudson and Phantom Islands of the Atlantic, lives in Perry, Maine, near Bangor.Review:
In recent years, La Salle has been as forgotten as the automobile once named in his honor. But the discovery of the 1686 wreck of his ship Belle in Matagorda Bay, Texas, has rekindled interest in this brilliant, extraordinary adventurer. La Salle changed history. . . . Johnson's timely, interesting, and well-written book rescues from undeserving obscurity this 'missing person' of American history. (Richard H. Dillon, Professor of History at the Fromm Institute, and Author of Sand in the Whirlwind: The Paiute Indian War of 1860, Captai)
Donald S. Johnson's book not only gives this outstanding explorer his just due, but also resurrects the important role of France in the development of our continent. As a person who has visited the scenes of many of La Salle's expeditions, and who lives just down the coast from his last one, I have new appreciation for the man and his achievements. (Charles M. Robinson III, author of The Men Who Wear the Star: The Story of the Texas Rangers and A Good Year to Die: The Story of the Great Sioux War)
No writing about the Mississippi Valley can be complete without a description of the incredibly adventurous explorations of La Salle. Indeed, his real-world exploits in a foreign land without landmarks or maps exceeds even the imagination of Hollywood. (William J. Burke, Author of The Upper Mississippi Valley: How the Landscape Shaped Our Heritage)
Red-blooded adventurists will love this able rendition, which is packed with maps and contemporary illustrations. (Booklist)
Johnson recaptures the formidable challenges that La Salle faced during his journeys through the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and Matagorda Bay, TX. ... Johnson's portrait of La Salle as a determined, persuasive, and capable explorer is counterbalanced with his propensity for secrecy, arrogance, and paranoia. His book is grounded in the history of the era with chapters detailing European colonization of the New World and the gains in geographic knowledge made by predominantly Spanish explorers. (Library Journal)
It tells the absorbing take of a young Frenchman, trained to be a Jesuit priest, who leaves France and the Jesuit order for a life of exploration in the New World...With the help of illustrations and many maps, Johnson navigates through facts and fables to give us an invaluable portrait of a major explorer. (Patti Ross Times- San Antonio Metro Area)
The author should be commended for the number of maps and images included, greatly enriching the text. A Fresh account of La Salle is long overdue, and this work incorporates recent findings, re-readings of primary docuements, and accounts produced over the last 300 years. This discussion of seventeeth-century geographic knowledge and misunderstanding is the highlight of the book. All audiences will find something of value in Johnson's synthesis and cartographic analysis. (Itinerario)
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