THE FIRST VESSEL ON LAKE ERIE.
(La Salle's ship, the Griffi,. From a painting by J. D. Kelly.)
instead. Then the governor gave him another grant at Cataraqui, where he built a stone fort in place of Frontenac's wooden one. A little later he went to France and obtained leave to build forts in the west, and to search for a way to Mexico by the Mississippi. For his expenses he was to have the sole right of trading in buffalo hides.
From the first La Salle was unfortunate. He tried