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Célèron de Blainville

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In 1749, Frenchman Célèron de Blainville led an expedition authorized by Comte de la Galissoniere, Governor of New France, that traveled down the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. This was to serve as a show of French force to the Native Americans and the British traders. Célèron placed, at the confluence of each river he passed, including the Great Miami and the Kanawha River, a lead plate claiming the land for the King of France.