Louisiana Facts-of-the-Day Extra Info

April 9, 1682

Louisiana Territory is so named by the Sieur de La Salle
who reaches the mouth of the Mississippi April 9 with a party of 50 men
after descending from the Illinois River.
La Salle has built Fort Prudhomme at the mouth of the
Hatchie River in what later will be called
Tennessee and he claims the Mississippi Valley for Louis XIV.