Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle – Navasota, Texas

I usually only collect and write about recorded historical markers but I came across this statue and thought it was pretty neat. It is located in Navasota and is pretty much in the middle of the road so you cant miss it. I still plan on locating the marker which is in Indianola, Texas (Near Matagorda Bay). From my research, I will find more about La Salle in my travels through Texas.

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On Feb. 1, 1858, the county of La Salle was created and named for Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687). The first French explorer of Texas.

The marker located in Indianola reads:

Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle

Born in Rouen, France, November 22, 1643. Came to Canada in 1666. Founded a first settlement near Montreal. Led several expeditions on the Great Lakes and the Ohio exploration of the Mississippi, 1682. On July 24, 1684 La Salle sailed from France to establish a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi. Landed at Matagorda Bay, February 15, 1685. There established Fort St. Louis. While on his way to Canada he was murdered near the Trinity River, March 19, 1687. La Salle’s colony on Matagorda Bay gave the United States its first claim to Texas as a part of the Louisiana Purchase. A gentleman but not a courtier, a proud independent yet timid nature, and explorer of bold vision and untiring energy. “America owes him an enduring memory, for, in this masculine figure, she sees the pioneer who guided her to the possession of her richest heritage.”

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