November 22 Birthday: Sieur De La Salle: DESPITE ALL OBSTACLES: LaSALLE AND THE CONQUEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Sieur De La Salle a.k.a. Rene-Robert Cavelier, explorer
Nov. 22, 1643-Mar. 20, 1687


Despite All Obstacles: LaSalle and the Conquest of the Mississippi by Joan Elizabeth Goodman, illustrated by Tom McNeely (Mikaya Press, 2001)

Follow La Salle from his birth in France through his Mississippi adventures through a text filled with excerpts from letters, diaries and journals.

The Handbook of Texas Online provides a biographical sketch of La Salle.

October 24 Birthday: FAR BEYOND THE GATE: ALEXANDRA DAVID-NEEL’S JOURNEY TO LHASA

Alexandra David-Neel, explorer
Oct. 24, 1868-Sept. 8, 1969


Far Beyond the Gate: Alexandra David-Neel’s Journey to Lhasa by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)

David-Neel did not represent the norm. This intrepid Victorian traveler and opera singer gloried in journeying to remote parts of the world. She became  and the first Western woman to enter Lhasa, Tibet in 1924.

A bio on Alexandra David-Neel’s web site offers additional info.

August 18 Birthday: Meriwether Lewis. A PICTURE BOOK OF LEWIS AND CLARK


Meriwether Lewis, explorer
Aug. 18, 1774-Oct. 11, 1809

A Picture Book Biography of Lewis and Clark by David A. Adler, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Holiday House, 2003)

The spirit of adventure is captured in this book about Lewis and Clark’s most celebrated journey-the expedition of the West.

Visit Discovering Lewis & Clark, an online “hyperhistory in progress” and retrace the steps of these explorers and more

See also: Aug. 1, William Clark.

August 1 Birthday: William Clark. A PICTURE BOOK OF LEWIS AND CLARK



William Clark, explorer
Aug. 1, 1770-Sept. 1, 1838


A Picture Book Biography of Lewis and Clark by David A. Adler, illustrated by Ronald Himler  (Holiday House, 2003)

The spirit of adventure is captured in this book about Lewis and Clark’s most celebrated journey—the expedition of the West.

Join in the adventure and Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark! at the National Geographic website.

Visit Discovering Lewis & Clark , an online “hyperhistory in progress” and retrace the steps of these explorers and more.