Indianola in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle
Born in Rouen France November 22, 1643. Came to Canada in 1668. Founded a first settlement near Montreal. Led several expeditions on the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Illinois rivers. Completed the 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.
A gentleman but not a courtier, a proud independent yet timid nature, an explorer of bold vision and untiring energy.
La Salle's colony on Matagorda Bay gave the United Statues its first claim to Texas as a part of the Louisiana Purchase.
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.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 4243.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
Location. 28° 31.642′ N, 96° 30.519′ W. Marker is in Indianola, Texas Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indianola (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Camel Experiment (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mrs. Angelina Bell Peyton Eberly (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Chihuahua Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the Town of Indianola (approx. 0.9 miles away); Zimmerman Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Olivia (approx. 8½ miles away); Olivia Cemetery (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianola.
Also see . . . La Salle, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 23, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
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