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René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle
(1643-1687)
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Scott C53 Scott 446 
ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON, 1973, explorers series, Scott C53
CANADA, 1966, 3rd centenary of the arrival in Canada of René-Robert Cavelier, Scott 446
the stamp pictures a map of seventeenth century Canada, a spyglass, compass, ship, and La Salle himself

Scott 1848 
FRANCE, 1982, 3rd centenary of the discovery of Louisiana, Scott 1848 and its FDI cancel

 Scott UX95
USA, 1938, poster stamp from a series called Chicagoland issued by the Jewel Tea Company.
USA, 1982, 3rd centenary of La Salle's claiming Louisiana, Scott UX95

     
Cinderellas from La Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal, Canada, 1942
in red (SSJB 4207), brown (4208), violet (4209), lilac(4210), blue (4211), green (4212)

René-Robert Cavelier, later known of Sieur de La Salle, was born at Rouen on the twenty-first of November, 1643. His father, a wealthy merchant, sent him to the Jesuit college at Rouen, where he entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1658 and took vows in 1660. He was sent to Paris and later to La Fléche to continue his studies. He taught grammar in various provincial towns — Alençon, Tours, Blois. In 1666 he asked to be sent to the China missions, even promising that his father would pay for his passage and his upkeep there. When this request was turned down he asked to be assigned as professor of mathematics in Portugal, and when he was again refused, he decided to leave the order. Francis Parkman writes, "La Salle left the Jesuits, parting with them, it is said, on good terms, and with a reputation of excellent acquirements and unimpeachable morals." He was released from his vows in March of 1667, after he had set out for the New World and a life of exploration. He is especially known for claiming Louisiana in 1682 for the king of France. More


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1990, postmark from La Salle, Colorado
named for La Salle

 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1972, first day as an AGF; 2005, decommissioning

Two ships of the United States Navy have been commissioned as the USS La Salle. The first [AP-102] was the lead ship of her class of transport ships in use during the latter part of World War II. The second was built as a Raleigh-class amphibious transport dock and later served as a command ship in the United States Navy.a Raleigh-class Amphibious Transport Dock [LPD-3] and later served as a Command Ship [AGF-3]. Both were named for the town and county in Illinois that was in turn named after René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.

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