René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle



La Salle on St. Pierre & Miquelon Scott C53 La Salle on Canada Scott 446 
ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON, 1973, Explorers series, Scott C53
CANADA, 1966, tercentenary of the arrival of La Salle in Canada, Scott 446
the stamp pictures a map of seventeenth-century Canada, a spyglass, compass, ship, and La Salle himself

La Salle on France Scott 1848 I cancel for French stamp
FRANCE, 1982, tercentenary of the discovery of Louisiana, Scott 1848 and its FDI cancel

La Salle on a poster stamp La Salle on USA postal card Scott UX95
THE UNITED STATES, 1938, poster stamp from a series called Chicagoland issued by the Jewel Tea Company.
THE UNITED STATES, 1982, tercentenary of La Salle's claiming Louisiana, Scott UX95

La Salle on a Montreal cinderella La Salle on a Montreal cinderella La Salle on a Montreal cinderella La Salle on a Montreal cinderella La Salle on a Montreal cinderella La Salle on a Montreal cinderella
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, and 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.

Postmark for La Salle, Colorado
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1990, postmark from La Salle, Colorado, named for the former Jesuit

Postmark for the USS La Salle ship Postmark for the USS La Salle (ship)
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.