Nationality and Background I was born on November 22, 1643 near Rouen, France. I was born into an extremely wealthy family. My father’s name is Jean Cavelier. He was a landowner and merchant. Our family comes from a long line of influential and Aristocratic people. Unfortunately, we are one degree short of French nobility. As a young boy, I went to school to become a Jesuit priest. Torn between my thirst for adventure and the dedication of a religious life, I left the Jesuit order, and became an adventurer.
After I left the Jesuit order After I left the order in 1666, I went to Canada where I gained authority of Lachine. In 1673, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, who was the governor of New France, appointed me commandant of Fort Frontenac. I began to trade at this post after I came back from France, where I was granted a patent of nobility. I went back to France a second time in 1677 and obtained a patent that let me build other forts, trade, and explore. I also brought Henri de Toni back with me.
My Exploration I started my explorations for King Loius XI V. I began my first voyage in August 1679. I explored Ohio and the Mississippi River. I began my exploration in hopes to create fur-trade routes beside the river.
Five Reasons I am Important <ul><li>In 1669, I became the first European to see and explore the Ohio River.
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