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Ponce de Leon discovers Florida. 1516.
Diego Miruelo visits Florida. 1526.
Pamphilo de Narvaez goes to Florida. 1538.
De Soto asks leave to conquer Florida. 1539. May, De Soto reaches Tampa bay.
November, De Soto reaches Appalachee bay. 1540.
De Soto in Georgia. October, De Soto reaches Mavilla on the Alabama. 1541. May,
De Soto reaches Mississippi.
De Soto crosses it and goes to Washita. 1542.
De Soto descends Washita to Mississippi.
His followers try to reach Mexico by land and fail. 1543. July,
De Soto's followers reach Mexico by water. 1544.
De Biedma presents his account of De Soto's expedition to King of Spain. 1616.
Le Caron explores Upper Canada. 1630.
Charles 1st grants Carolana to Sir Robert Heath. 1634.
First mission founded near Lake Huron. 1641.
French at Falls of St. Mary, Lake Superior. 1660.
First missionary station on Lake Superior. 1664.
Colonel Wood's alledged travels previous to this year. 1665.
Allouez founds first permanent station on Lake Superior. 1668.
Mission at St. Mary's Falls founded. 1670.
Perrot explores Lake Michigan.
Alledged travels of Captain Bolt. 1671.
French take formal possession of the northwest.
Marquette founds St. Ignatius on Strait of Mackinac. 1673. May 13, Marquette and his companions leave Mackinac to seek the Mississippi.
June 10, Marquette and his companions cross from Fox river to Wisconsin.
Marquette and his companions reach Mississippi.
Marquette and his companions meet Illinois Indians.
September, Marquette and his companions reach Green Bay. 1675. May 18,
La Salle goes to France to see the King. 1676.
La Salle rebuilds Fort Frontenac. 1677.
La Salle visits France a second time. 1678. July 14, La Salle and Tonti sail for Canada.
Sept. 15, La Salle and Tonti arrive at Quebec.
Persons from New England said to have explored the southwest. 1679. January,
La Salle loses his stores.
1679. Sept. 18, The Griffin sent back to Niagara.
Nov. 1, La Salle at St. Joseph's river, Lake Michigan.
Dec. 3, La Salle crosses to Kankakee. 1680. Jan. 4th, La Salle in Peoria Lake.
Fort Crevec@ur built.
[Illinois. September, Tonti after commencing Fort St. Louis (Rock fort,) forced to leave the Oci. & Nov. La Salle returns to the Illinois.
November, Hennepin returns to Canada. 1681. June, La Salle and Tonti meet at Mackinac.
August, La Salle a third time goes to the Illinois.
Nov. 3, La Salle at St. Joseph's again.
Feb. 6, La Salle on banks of the Mississippi.
September, La Salle returns to St. Joseph's of Michigan.
La Salle reaches St. Domingo.
Iroquois place themselves under England. 1685. January,
La Salle in Gulf of Mexico.
Dec. La Salle goes to look for Mississippi. 1686. March, La Salle returns to Matagorda Bay.
April, La Salle goes again to seek the Mississippi.
August, La Salle returns unsuccessful.
March 15, La Salle sends men to look for stores.
Sept. 14, The seven reach Fort St. Louis on Illinois river. 1688.
La Hontan's travels to the “ Long river.” 1693.
Before this time Gravier, the founder of Kaskaskia, was among the
(Illinois. Cahokia founded, date unknown.
Peoria founded, date unknown. 1698. Oct. 17, D'Iberville leaves France for Mississippi.
Dr. Coxe sends two vessels to the Mississippi. 1699. Jan. 31, D'Iberville in Bay of Mobile. March 2, D'Iberville enters Mississippi.
D'Iberville returns to France.
D'Iberville returns from France.
D'Iberville sends Le Sueur for copper. 1701.
De la Motte Cadillac founds Detroit.
Iroquois again place themselves under England. 1707.
First grants of land at Detroit. 1708.
D'Artaguette in Louisiana.
Governor Spotswood of Virginia explores the Allegbanies. 1712
Louisiana granted to Crozat. 1714
Fort Rosalie commenced. 1717.
Crozat resigns Louisiana. September, Louisiana trade granted to Company of West. 1718.
Colonists sent to Louisiana and New Orleans laid out. 1719.
Company of the West made Company of the Indies. 1720. January,
Law made minister of finance,
Company of Indies bankrupt. 1722.
Charlevoix visits West. 1726.
Iroquois a third time place themselves under England. 1729. Nov. 28, French among the Natchez murdered. 1730. Jan. & Feb., Natchez conquered and destroyed.
Alleged travels of Salling in the West. 1731.
Previous to this Governor Keith wishes West secured to England. 1732,
Company of Indies resign Louisiana to King. July 14, Daniel Boone born. 1735.
Vincennes settled according to some, (see pp. 40 and 41.) 1736. May,
Expedition of French against Chickasaws.
May 31, Bienville retreats. 1739.
French collect to attack Chickasaws. 1740. March, Peace between French and Chickasaws. 1742
John Howard goes down Ohio. 1744.
Treaty of English and Iroquois at Lancaster.
Vaudreuil fears English influence in West. 1746.
Ilinois makes large exports. 1748.
Chickasaws attack French post on Arkansas.
Ohio Company formed. 1749,
Grant of land to Loyal Company.
English traders seized on Maumee. 1750.
Five French villages in Illinois.
Dr. Walker explores Kentucky. 1751.
Christopher Gist explores Ohio and Great Miami.
General Andrew Lewis surveys for Greenbriar Company. 1752.
French build forts on French creek.
French attack English post on Great Miami.
Families settle west of Alleghanies.
Trent sent with arms for friendly Indians.
Treaty with Iroquois ordered by England.
Ohio Company open line of “ Braddock's road."
Washington reaches French Commander,
1755. January, France proposes a compromise.
Feb. 20, Braddock lands in Virginia.
July 13, Braddock died. 1756. January, Lewis commands an expedition against the Ohio Indians, and fails.
April, Indians fill the Valley of Virginia.
First treaty of Easton. 1757.
Massacre of Fort William Henry.
Pitt returns to office. 1758.
Louisburg and Fort Frontenac taken.
Second treaty of Easton.
Post's second mission to Ohio Indians. 1759.
Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Niagara, and Quebec yield to English, 1760. Sept. 8, The French yield Canada.
Settlers go over the mountains.
December, Rogers returns across Ohio to Fort Pitt. 1761.
Alexander Henry visits northwest.
Christian Post goes to settle on the Muskingum. 1762.
Bouquet warns settlers off of Indian lands.
Post and Heckewelder go to Muskingum. Nov. 3. Preliminaries to peace of Paris settled, Louisiana transferred to Spain. 1763. Feb, 10, Treaty of Paris concluded.
May 9, Detroit attacked by Pontiac.
December, M. Laclede selects site of St. Louis.
November, Bouquet makes peace with Ohio Indians.
April 21, French officers ordered to give up Louisiana to Spain. 1765. April, Sir William Johnson makes treaty at German Flats. May, June, George Croghan goes westward.
Captain Stirling for England takes possession of Illinois.