April 9, 1682~ Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River

La Salle Christening the Country “Louisiana” by Howard Pyle

Oil on Canvas / 24”x16 1/4” / Private collection

Illustration for article “The Great La Salle” by Henry Loomis Nelson, published in Harper’s Monthly Magazine, February 1905

1923 / Reproduced as Cover and Frontispiece for “Howard Pyle’s Book of The American Spirit” / Harper & Brothers

Previous April 9 posts:

Spring~ April 9

Eadweard Muybridge: Born April 9, 1830

Tom Lehrer: Born April 9, 1928

April 9, 1939: Marian Anderson’s Easter Sunday Lincoln Memorial concert

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/9~

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