|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle made several trips into the area now known as Indiana and Illinois during the years from 1669 through 1683. During this time, the Iroquois tribes from the lower Great Lakes region invaded the Indiana and Illinois area frequently. The wars between the tribes created a great deal of instability in the region, making La Salle's explorations as he explored the Mississippi River basin. Seeking to create stability, La Salle held a peace conference in the heart of Miami territory. The Illinois tribes met with the Miami under a huge oak tree, called the Council Oak, and signed a treaty that united these tribes against the Iroquois. The resulting alliance allowed La Salle to explore the area in relative peace. La Salle managed to reach the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1682. La Salle died in 1687 during an exploratory trip as he sought to find the mouth of the river from the Gulf of Mexico. The Council Oak stood until 1991 when a tornado felled it.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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