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Children's LiteratureExplorer of Canada and the Mississippi River region, La Salle is honored in this small biography. A history of the region prior to his exploration begins the brief story; then, the tale of his three voyages is told. La Salle sought to establish a French colony in North America. The first European to navigate the Mississippi River, he realized the value of river travel. He wanted to settle the rich riverfront with the profitable tasks of trapping and trading. La Salle successfully befriended the Iroquois and named the southern delta in honor of King Louis XIV. Trouble found this eager voyager, however. Sickness, malnutrition, and ships running around and sinking all brought unease to the crew. Tragically, La Salle was killed by one of his own crew. Search deeper into the life of this daring Frenchman and other fine pioneers of the New World in the "In the Footsteps of Explorers" series, an excellent resource for any unit on early adventurers. Maps, artifacts, colorful illustrations, and easily read paragraphs make the journeys come alive all over again! 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 7 to 15.