Despite All Obstacles by Joan Goodman
La Salle and the Conquest of the Mississippi (Great Explorers)

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To say that Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was determined is like saying the sun is warm. La Salle made his way from Eastern Canada to the Great Lakes. Then he traveled by canoe down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. This vast territory was dense unexplored wilderness, controlled by the fierce and powerful Iroquois. To make the merely daunting nearly impossible, La Salle was on his own. His King, Louis X1V, would provide neither protection, men nor money.

Through one setback after another, La Salle kept on going. His men deserted him; he walked a thousand miles, in the middle of the brutal Canadian winter, back to Montreal and organized a new expedition. The Iroquois threatened; he brought together rival tribes, and speaking in their own language, united them into an alliance against the Iroquois. La Salle's ship sunk with a fortune in furs meant to finance his expedition. Again, he walked back to Montreal and found new financial support.

Part adventure, part biography, Despite All Obstacles is the fascinating story of this obstinate and courageous man who had dreams as large as the continent and a will to match those dreams.


About Joan Goodman

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Joan Elizabeth Goodman is the author of Beyond the Sea of Ice, and A Long and Uncertain Journey, the first two books in the Great Explorer series. She lives in New York City. Tom McNeely is one of Canada's leading illustrators and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications. He lives in Toronto.
Published October 6, 2001 by Mikaya Press. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Seen as a restless man with more vision than organizational or people skills, La Salle was at last murdered by his own men—but not before traveling the length of the Mississippi (and, more than once, walking back to Canada after being abandoned by companions), losing several fortunes, claiming th...

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The story of the explorer La Salle shows that dreams are not always achieved in a lifetime.

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