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René Robert Cavelier La Salle, Sieur de

(1643—1687) French explorer

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Baron de Lahontan

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(1666–c. 1715),

French officer in New France and Placentia, Newfoundland. Little is known about Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce's childhood except that he grew up at his father's...

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Canada

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An increasingly multicultural population largely free from racial tension

Canada is, after Russia, the world's second largest country, though much is barren and sparsely populated....

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Francis Parkman

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(1823–93),

American historian, travelled in Europe, then journeyed out to Wyoming to study Indian life, giving an account of his journey in The Oregon Trail (1849). His history of...

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French exploration

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Although it was sporadic, exploration in North America until well into the 19th century was motivated largely by the search for a passage across the continent. During the French regime ...

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French Settlements in North America.

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Because official French interest in North America began with the desire to find the fabled Northwest Passage to the riches of Asia, the crown lost interest in North America for ...

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Guillaume Delisle

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(1675–1726),

French cartographer who studied astronomy with Jean-Dominique Cassini (1625–1712) and who collaborated with his father, Claude Delisle (1644–1720), a historian and...

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Henry de Tonty

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(c. 1650–1704),

Italian-born French fur trader who explored New France. Henry de Tonty (also spelled Henri de Tonti) was born in Italy around 1650, but he grew up in France. ...

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Jacques Marquette

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(1637–75),

French Jesuit missionary and explorer, came to Canada in 1666. In 1673 with Jolliet he descended the Mississippi to the mouth of the Arkansas, establishing the existence...

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Louis Hennepin

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(1640–1710?),

Belgian-born Franciscan friar, came to Canada (1675), and became chaplain of the exploring expedition of La Salle, who detailed him to accompany Aco on the first...

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Louis Jolliet

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(1645–1700),

Canadian explorer of the Mississippi River. Sixteenth-and early-seventeenth-century European maps of North America showed an erroneous drainage divide separating the...

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