Thirteen Rivers The Last Voyage of La Belle By Ruth Davis

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A French mapmaker in 1718 claimed a big chunk of the U.S. and called it La Louisiane.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Explore Early Texas With La Salle

By Gary A. Williamson April 12, 2017

This excellent historical novel based on "The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687" has numerous twists to capture your interest. The story describes La Salle's expedition to Texas. Henri Joutel was a life long close friend of Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle & 2nd in command of the expedition from France to the "New World". La Salle was seeking the mouth of the Mississippi River but due to difficult circumstances with weather, navigation and currents landed west of the Great River. The author, Ruth Davis, has written a entertaining & enlighten account of this voyage of four ships including 300 souls including men, women & children who attempt to establish a colony on the coast of Texas off the Gulf of Mexico. This book presents a vivid tale of discovery, Native Indian life, hardship & betrayal. You will experience many insights about life on the southern coast of Texas in the late 1600's. The author describes the early Indian tribes, wildlife & the terrain that were experienced by these French explorers. This book was a great read from start to finish. I found a new appreciation for early pathfinders & explorers. I recommend this book if you have a sense for adventure, you will be delighted.

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well documented

By Ben Campbell on January 25, 2017

Thirteen Rivers is a well written story of La Salle’s voyage to America in the 1600’s. The purpose was to establish a permanent settlement in the Mississippi valley and solidify France’s claim to La Louisiane. The expedition started with four ships loaded with people and provisions and ended in abject failure due to storms, pirates, Indians, miscalculations, poor judgement, blinding ambition, and plain misfortune.

This book is loaded with misadventures, but I found myself rushing to see what the next chapter would bring.

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