“With the failure of France’s effort to colonize an uncharted land,” he writes, “Spain seized the moment to fill the void, sent missionaries and soldiers to build missions and presidios in Texas, and indelibly imprinted Hispanic culture on the Lone Star State.” Simply put, if La Salle had been able to establish settlements along the Mississippi and use the river as an intercontinental highway for the fur trade, ATMs in this country would offer you the option of communicating in either English or French.Need to add this to the seemingly evergrowing "read" list... (Amazon info)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Anyone remember La Salle? The French explorer? Anyone? Well, here is a book review concerning a book that raises the LaSalle name and his failed expedition to the Texas coast.