When they challenged spain: In the early 1600's other countries began to conquer land in the Americas, some years later, France tried to challenge Spain's claim to Texas. The leader of the French quest for an empire in Texas was Rene Robert Cavelier Lasalle led an expedition that navigated the Mississippi river south to the Gulf of Mexico. He claimed the entire inland region surrounding the Mississippi and named the Land Louisiana in honor of the French king, Louis XIV. LaSalle organized an expedition on August 1, 1684, 4 ships carrying 280 colonists set sail for the Louisiana on what would become a very difficult journey. Spanish pirates captured on e of the vessels, and the other 3 ships were seperated at in a storm. Worst of all, the expedition missed the mouth of the Mississippi river and sailed 400 miles to the west, along the coast of Texas. They went to shore and during the landing, one of the ships wrecked, losing badly their supplies.
The French: The French sent LaSalle to America on a quest to start an empire in Texas. One of the ships wrecked losing needed supplies. He explored and while he was gone one of the ships left and most of the people were dead when he got back. Crops failed and disease struck.