Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 206 July 24, 1684 Monday Evening
Exploration Desk
LaSalle and Colonists set sail for America
PARIS, FRANCE Click Here to follow "LaSalle" back in Time (1684) Click Here to follow "LaSalle" forward in Time  On this date in 1684, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle set sail from La Rochelle France with colonists to settle near the mouth of the Mississipi River which he had claimed for France in his previous voyage. Previously he had reached the mouth of the river by traveling down stream from the Great Lakes, but this time he would navigate the Gulf of Mexico. LaSalle overshot the Mississippi, landing instead near Matagorda Bay. From there he explored the territory from the Pecos to the Trinity rivers in search of the Mississippi.   More about "LaSalle" on the Web