Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Lincoln Park [LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing]
LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing
Location: 2045 N. Lincoln Park West
The statue is donated by Lambert Tree
Robert Cavalier de LaSalle was a French explorer. He was the first European to sail down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. He claimed the Mississippi River Basin, which he called the Louisiana Territory, for France. He is sometimes called "the Father of the Louisiana Territory." Later, in 1803, France sold this land to the United States, and that led to the explorations of Lewis and Clark and then the westward expansion of America.