Robert Cavelier de La Salle
Robert Cavelier de LaSalle (1643-1687) was a French explorer and fur trader who arrived in Quebec in 1666. His expeditions to the Mississippi, whose basin he claimed for France as "Louisiana," followed those of Jolliet and Marquette by nine years. According to one source, Cavelier lived briefly in a permanent structure near Marquette's encampment at the Chicago portage. Cavalier de La Salle was commissioned by Lambert Tree, who is known for building studios for artists arriving in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition, also commissioned Cyrus Dallin's "A Signal of Peace," 1890.