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French explorers

  1. 1. Page 122 Page 129 Hernando de Soto and his men started a journey near Tampa Bay Their travels would lead them through several different states before coming to present day Arkansas two years later
  2. 2. Hernando de Soto’s Legacy His journey was considered a FAIL Traveled for 3 years Left no permanent settlements in Arkansas They helped spread diseases He left a legacy of destruction, death, and disappointment
  3. 3. European Explorers, p. 130 130 years after de Soto, Europeans would come back to Arkansas At this time Spanish ruled Mexico, southwest portion of the US, Florida, and parts of the Gulf coast The French controlled Canada The English were creating colonies in Virginia and New England
  4. 4. The French in Arkansas In 1673, two Frenchmen in Canada planned a voyage down the Mississippi Jacques Marquette  Catholic priest that wanted to convert Indians to the Christian faith Louis Joliet  Fur trapper & trader interested in new ways to trade Hoped to find gold or a route to the Indies
  5. 5. The French in Arkansas Marquette & Joliet left with… 2 canoes Five other men Food The Illinois Indians gave the Frenchmen a calumet Long-stemmed pipe made of red stone This would serve as a “passport” for travel
  6. 6. They would have safe travel to Arkansas They would return to Canada to prepare a map and a report Their journey would inspire another Frenchman, Robert de La Salle
  7. 7. La Salle Goals Secure the entire Mississippi Valley for France Challenge the Spanish for control of the mouth of the river His lieutenant was Henri de Tonti La Salle would inform the Indians that he claimed the entire Mississippi River Valley in the name of King Louis XIV of France
  8. 8. La Salle’s PromisePromised the Quapaw that France would protect them against their enemies (Osage) In return the Quapaw allowed him to place the seal of France on their land By their standards, the French owned Arkansas and all of Louisiana
  9. 9. La Salle’s PromisePromised the Quapaw that France would protect them against their enemies (Osage) In return the Quapaw allowed him to place the seal of France on their land By their standards, the French owned Arkansas and all of Louisiana

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