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Le Monument secret et repère historique de La Salle

Infamous French Explorer, Robert Cavelier De La Salle, did not die in Texas as long assumed! Previously historians were misled by early uncertainties about the region, as well as by deliberate misinformation about La Salle's 1686-1687 misadventures. He and three close comrades died in Eastern Oklahoma's French Quadrangle. His Expedition associates, Duhaut and Liotot, died near the Arkansas River in neighboring Van Buren, Arkansas.

In 1983 Dr. Lee Woodard had just completed his doctorate and had begun forensic paleographical study of a famous old Codex of the Four Gospels. He had moved to Heavener, OK, home of "The Runestone," a huge slab of stone upon which is a carved an old and obsolete alphabetic script, about which there had been much controversy and uncertainty. 

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Woodard applied his recently-honed, doctoral level, historical research methods, and his growing acquaintance with forensic paleographical analysis of problematic manuscripts, alphabetic scripts, and symbolic art  to that mysterious "Runestone Monument". He thus made the discovery that the La Salle Expedition of 1684-1687 was the source of this archeologically and historically significant relic. 

Woodard discovered that this large Runestone oddity is not of Scandinavian Origin, as incorrectly advertised for so long at an Oklahoma State Park. It is instead a 1687 Normandy French Memorial Monument.  

It uses Normandy French Runes (La Salle was from Rouen Normandie) for concealing French messages from Spanish Soldiers. La Salle's tragedy-plagued Matagorda Bay Area French colonization attempt was into territories claimed by Spain since the early 1500's. La Salle and his men were encroaching upon Spanish American Terrain (even when penetrating to the Poteau and Arkansas River Valleys).

In both 1686 and 1687 La Salle journeyed into Poteau and Arkansas River Valleys, desperately trying to hike overland Northeastward to French Illinois and Canada. He was terribly short of supplies and munitions due to the loss of two sailing vessels during an early 1686 Gulf Coast landing. Left with no sailing vessel, and in dire and dangerous circumstances in Spanish American Wilderness, his only hope for rescue by French Helpers was to undertake that very long Northeastward Overland Hike.  

La Salle traveled 72 days into that Northeastward Journey in 1687 when his valiant settlement rescue effort ended when he was assassinated, along with three others of that Expedition. That bloody violence happened during March, 1687. His death place is memorialized and told by Heavener's Normandy French Runestone Monument.

This Monument was a creation of Gemme (Jimmy) Hiens in 1687 . It memorializes Robert Cavelier De La Salle and three others who were brutally murdered along the Poteau River near present day Wister, Oklahoma. It also gives directions to that death site, as well as to the place where others met their fate. 

Dr. Woodard discovered some time back that two of La Salle's 1687 French Expedition comrades (who were assassinated a few weeks later than La Salle) were buried at Van Buren. They were buried at an Old Indian Burial Place, with the grave (where both were buried) marked by a stone marker and crypt.  The markings upon the stone are more than 300 years old and are not now legible enough for easy or complete reading. This burial site is at a place where incoming early Van Buren Settlers established what is now known as Fairview Cemetery.

One of the main persons named on the Van Buren, Arkansas gravestone (in 1687) was "Lioto(t)." Possibly written without the final unpronounced "t." That name got corrupted in 1700's and 1800's Arkansas oral legends to "Desoto." So oldest regional oral legends attributed that Van Buren Mystery Grave to one of Desoto's men, even though Desoto never reached Van Buren Area during his 1500's Expedition.

Much irony and/or providential Holy Spirit involvement in that story, even including Woodard's own ministerial call to that location!

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"Le Monument secret et repère historique de La Salle"

Le Dr. Lee Woodard a découvert que Heavener, la pierre runique d'Oklahoma est en fait une création de Gemme Hiens datant de 1687 afin d'immortaliser les derniers moments de René Robert Cavelier de La Salle.

Ainsi, à travers ses inscriptions, il révèle son nom, sa date de naissance et de décès, ainsi que l'endroit où il fût enterré, près de la rivière Poteau, près de la ville qui aujourd'hui porte le même nom, en Oklahoma.

Si vous souhaitez comprendre un peu mieux cette étonnante découverte historique, ainsi que ce meurtre mystérieux, ce site, et surtout l'ouvrage du Dr. Woodard sont là pour vous en donner tous les détails.

Ne manquez pas de consulter cet ouvrage vous détaillant les expéditions conduites par La Salle entre 1684 et 1687. Cette découverte nous aide à élucider son assassinat près de Poteau, en Oklahoma, mais aussi a son importance pour l'histoire des Amérindiens, tels que les Cenis et les Assonis (Spiro Mounds). Cette découverte touche aussi les états de l'Arkansas, de la Louisiane, de l'Oklahoma et du Texas. C'est une étape importante dans l'Histoire de la France et de ces colonnies, mais aussi dans celle de l'Amérique du Nord.

Cet ouvrage est unique dans sa façon de présenter les derniers moments du célèbre explorateur :
René Robert Cavelier de La Salle




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