Welcome to the first story-behind-the-alpha! This report is for La Salle, the raccoon alpha, brought to you by Goldcobra! For those who love historical references, this is sure to be a treat. Enjoy!
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Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle, also called La Salle, was born on November 21, 1643 in Rouen, France. He was a Jesuit student for about nine years of his childhood. Even though little else is known about La Salle's early life, there were many things happening in the 1640’s. There were wars, and its winter was so cold that many suffered starvation or disease.
La Salle soon got permission from the king to explore the New World. After a long voyage, they finally reached their destination they were hoping to find. He then claimed the entire Mississippi River for France, as well as any land where its many streams extended. Even though he claimed the river for his king, he also received credit to this day as the person who first discovered the Great Mississippi. La Salle explored amongst the river from start to finish, then went back to France.
In 1684, he decided to return to North America. Although, there were many issues on the voyage such as attacks from pirates and poor navigation. When they finally reached North America, they were far from their desired destination.
When La Salle was exploring in an area close to Texas, he was killed by one of his own men on March 19, 1687. The other explorers on his journey kept moving on, but were all eventually killed by the Native Americans that lived there.
A sad ending to be sure, but it's certainly interesting to learn more about La Salle's namesake! If you'd like to submit a report on your favorite alpha or deity (Mira and Zios), you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org