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MICHIGAN AS A PROVINCE 1 - 5


NO name is more conspicuous in the galaxy of French explorers of North America than that of Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle. He was born at Rouen in 1643 and came to New France in 1666. He had been educated by the Jesuits and had intended to enter the priesthood of that order. He taught with them for a time, but finding that his tastes and inclinations did not run in that direction he early abandoned those plans and chose instead a business career. He came to Canada with that purpose and first settled at Lachine, a few miles above Montreal, having accepted there the grant of a large tract of land from the Sul-pitian priests who had established a seminary there which they desired to be the center of a colony. He did not long remain in the quiet inactivity of his frontier establishment but stirred by the stories told him by the Indians he was excited to an uncontrollable ambition to find out whether the great river beyond the lakes and flowing southward really emptied into the Gulf of California and so led the way to China. He sold out his interests at Lachine and organized an expedition in the summer of 1669. There were in the party two Sul-pitian priests, Dollier de Casson and Rene Galinee, beside a number of men hired as oarsmen, etc. They set out in seven canoes with some Seneca Indians in two other canoes, to act as guides. They coasted along the south shore of Lake Ontario and after various adventures debarked late in September in what is now known as Burlington bay near the site of the present Canadian city of Hamilton. As they passed the mouth of the Niagara they distinctly heard the roar of the cataract, the first of Europeans to approach it so nearly. The Indians among whom they landed received them in a friendly way. Here the travelers were informed of the arrival of two other Frenchmen in a neighboring village.

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