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F'RONT)~NAC• AND LA SALLI.   57

 

A still more notable discoverer was La La Same. Salle. He belonged to a rich old French family, and was educated in the schools of the Jesuits. He came to Canada at the age of twenty-three, and received a grant of land near Montreal, which, in allusion to his hope of finding the long-sought western passage to China, was named " La Chine." He soon wearied of improving his grant, and went exploring and trading

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

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