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La Verendryes Discover the Rocky Mountains
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Item Number: R10 (Full Set of 10)
Publisher's Price: $800.00
Image Size: Embossed 16"x 10"
Paper Size: 18"x 24"
Edition Size: 50 Sets
 
When France was mistress of half of North America, the dream of the many bold spirits, among her explorers and voyageurs, was the finding of a northwest passage to the western sea. Prominent among the gentlemen adventurers and explorers of' the New France of that day was the Sieur de Laverendrye. All his life he trekked through the western wilds, and finally, in his old age, passed the work of finding a passage to the west onto his two sons, Pierre and Chevalier.

Although the three LaVerendryes failed to find a way to the seas, they carried the tri-color far into unexplored territory and helped make possible the achievements and discoveries of those who followed them. The life of the two younger LaVerendryes was marked by another achievement; in 1743, the two discovered a snow-capped range, what is believed today to be the Big Horn Range of Wyoming. The poetic Frenchmen named them "Shining Mountains," as they are known in poetry and Indian legend to this day.

 
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