Asked Louis XIV for authorization to explore the western parts of New France.
La Salle led a group that explored the Great Lakes and helped to establish French forts in the area.
La Salle traveled down the Illinois River to the Mississippi and continued all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Claims the Mississippi River Basin, which he called the Louisiana Territory, (named after King Louis)for France.
La Salle led an expedition to extend the southern end of Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico but was complicated. La Salle was very ill, and many of his men deserted him.
La Salle was assassinated in Texas by three of his own men.