Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lincoln Park [LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing]

LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing

Installed: 1889

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.

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