LaSalle floor stand world from Replogle
Globes is offered with a choice of
2 specialty antique style maps by famous European cartographers - a Vincenzo
Coronelli* map (as seen here), and a Martin Waldseemüller's style map .
Capturing the spirit and times of Rene-Robert de
LaSalle** , the 17th century explorer for which its named, the LaSalle 12
Waldseemüller globe is displayed as a floor globe. Perched atop an elegant
Victorian-style base, it is a fitting way to highlight both globe and stand. Also available with the Waldseemüller map (
Coronelli antique style map
born in Venice in 1650, was a highly regarded Italian
cartographer. His construction of two globes for the Duke of Parma earned him an
invitation to Paris, where a pair of globes built for
King Louis XIV
were of such a grand scale that they were constructed
with trap doors so craftsmen could enter and work from inside. As Royal
Cartographer, he was granted access to the latest documentation sent from the
colonies to the French Academy of Sciences.
** Rene-Robert de LaSalle
was a French explorer who sailed to Canada when he was 23 years
old. He learned from the Iroquois people of a grate river which led to the sea.
Assuming the river in question flowed into the Gulf of California, the enticing
thought of a possible profitable western trade route to China arose. LaSalle led
an expedition to the Great Lakes in 1679, and four years later sailed down the
Illinois River to the Mississippi River and all the way to the Gulf of Mexico,
claiming the entire Mississippi River Basin - what he called the Louisiana
Territory - for France.