LaSalle, the intrepid
17th century French explorer, was murdered by his own men in 1687
during his fifth mapping expedition on the lower Mississippi
River. His contribution to expanding French territories in
the New World were extensive on both sides of the Mississippi River
and across the American South.
On this map, LaSalle
claims the western region of the continent for Louis XIV of France.
LaSalle's claims, combined with those of Sieur de La
Verendrye in the 1740s, would comprise almost 1 million square
miles of France's territorial claims in the 'New World'.
A detailed 18th century map of French
territories in the New World.