This Day in History March 19, 1687

By Ruth on March 19, 2015 in history

Cavelier_de_la_salleOn this date in 1687, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (Robert LaSalle) was murdered by his own men while on an exploratory mission in Texas searching for the Mississippi River. He was only 43, and his body was left outside for the animals to eat. Talk about crazy!

Ecclesiastes 8:7-8 (NIV)

7 Since no one knows the future,
who can tell someone else what is to come?
8 As no one has power over the wind to contain it,
so[a] no one has power over the time of their death.
As no one is discharged in time of war,
so wickedness will not release those who practice it.

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  1. Jaime Lester March 19, 2015 Reply

    I can’t even imagine what he felt when he realized he was being betrayed by people that he trusted. Absolutely horrible
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  2. Lotus March 19, 2015 Reply

    That was an interesting bit of history from so long ago! Was there any reason that his men did that? Were they tired of the expedition and wanting to return home?

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      Ruth March 19, 2015 Reply

      I actually had the same question. It seems like from what I could tell that there was a lot of illnesses going on and his men didn’t want to remain there any longer. But he refused to leave. So I guess they finally killed him. Sad.

  3. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) March 19, 2015 Reply

    That is crazy. I really like these historical facts.

  4. Heidi Robbins March 19, 2015 Reply

    Well now that is just sad!
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  5. Sandra Watts March 21, 2015 Reply

    I always find these post to be so interesting. Thanks for sharing them.
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  6. Sarah M March 24, 2015 Reply

    This is such a cool section! I like getting little tidbits about history, easily memorable stories. Hated history in school. It never got into the interesting stuff to me. I guess I’d like to know about the “common” people that are alive during the events it talks about. What it was like living during the Civil War, folklore that drove decisions, that type of stuff. I’m super curious now about *why* Robert LaSalle was killed by his own men, so I’m gonna pop over to Wikipedia to see if it says anything. Crazy to be killed by people you probably handpicked to join your expedition. And then to just be left out for animals to eat? It just shows a complete lack of respect for the guy and how there was no remorse. Stop typing, Sarah, go read Wikipedia!

  7. joanna reed April 6, 2015 Reply

    wow, can’t imagine.. I really like reading these..Thank you

  8. william gossage May 11, 2015 Reply

    now that something else and interesting

  9. cylina williams May 12, 2015 Reply

    I love this idea, I would love to see more posts like this one:) Very interesting!

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      Ruth May 12, 2015 Reply

      Cylina thank you and I plan to get back to doing these. Life has been crazy and I kind of let it go. But it will return

  10. Nicole Carter (Weasley) May 18, 2015 Reply

    Wow, how horrible!

  11. Judy Thomas October 15, 2015 Reply

    What a great idea for a blog post! Thank you 🙂

  12. chickie brewer November 15, 2015 Reply

    I never knew this.. Wow what kind people would do that!

  13. Edward March 2, 2016 Reply

    wow, definitely an interesting story. I can’t imagine how life was like at that time.

  14. Karen Propes March 19, 2016 Reply

    Gosh, I remember studying about him in school, but don’t remember that. Times were so different back then. I love your Day in History, Thanks for all the research you do for us.

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      Ruth March 19, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Karen. I wish I had the time to still do it but at least I did it faithfully for awhile.

  15. Richard Hicks June 25, 2016 Reply

    I used to subscribe to something like this but for word of the day. I love old history

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      Ruth June 25, 2016 Reply

      Richard, I so wish I could have continued this series as I loved doing it, but I have had to shift my focus. But at least the old ones are there.

  16. Cheryl Everitt July 1, 2016 Reply

    I am hooked on history for some reason! I never listened when Iwas in school som 50+ years ago, but now I can’t get enough of it!!

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      Ruth July 1, 2016 Reply

      Cheryl I love history too but I always have been. Cool that you like it now.

  17. Margaret Appel March 11, 2017 Reply

    Sheesh, poor Robert LaSalle. Really, if his men didn’t want to continue on (due to illness or whatever), you’d think they’d just sneak away & leave him on his own. When they got home all his men had to say was Oh Gee, he wandered off & we couldn’t find him! Interesting Day in History tho.

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      Ruth March 11, 2017 Reply

      I know what you mean Margaret. I used to have the time to do those almost every day. But I’m glad I have some old posts still there

  18. Edward April 24, 2017 Reply

    Wow, that’s so crazy, it’s incredible that there’s so much in history that isn’t shared.

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