April, 9 1682

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Robert Cavelier de La Salle takes possession of Louisiana

A former priest turned explorer, the Rouennais Robert Cavelier de La Salle arrived on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and took possession of the lands located between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains.

He baptized them Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV.

Coming from a family of wealthy merchants, La Salle was described as a “conquistador” and “new Cortés” during his lifetime.


René Robert Cavelier de La Salle
Visuel via Wikimedia Commons : official taking possession of the Mississippi delta by Cavelier de La Salle in the name of Louis XIV. Lithograph by Jean-Adolphe Bocquin, BnF.
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