La Salle - Deception

In 1673, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, became an emissary to the Governor of New France, Louis de Buade de Frontenac. La Salle was sent to Cataracoui (or Cataraqui, present-day Kingston) in order to obtain permission from the Iroquois to build a French fort there. The Iroquois agreed and the fort was constructed, which la Salle named Fort Cataracoui. He then returned to France to report that the French now controlled the fur trade around the Great Lakes and was given letters of nobility from the King.

Back in New France, Frontenac created and granted the seigneurie (estate) of Cataracoui to la Salle for his efforts. In his honour, la Salle renamed the fort at Cataracoui 'Fort Frontenac'. This didn't really satisfy la Salle, though, and he returned to France in 1677 where he bribed an important and very influencial person to present false and self-serving documents and reports to the government of the major discoveries which la Salle claimed to have made.

La Salle's gamble succeeded and, in May of 1678 la Salle was granted the exclusive right to explore all the land between Florida and Mexico and north to the Great Lakes. He was given permission to build forts as he saw necessary.

La Salle was prepared to become the famous explorer he had always dreamed of becoming.


René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle

The Early Years
Incompetence and Failure
* Deception *
The Mississippi River
Louisiana
Deception and Murder