The Journeys of Réné Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle as Related by His Faithful Lieutenant, Henri de Tonty; His Missionary Colleagues, Fathers Zenobius Membré, Louis Hannepin, and Anastasius Douay; His Early Biographer, Father Christian Le Clercq; His Trusted Subordinate, Henri Joutel; and His Brother, Jean Cavelier; Together with Memoirs, Commissions, Etc, Volume 1

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Page 167 - April, one thousand six hundred and eighty-two, in virtue of the commission of his Majesty, which I hold in my hand, and which may be seen by all whom it may concern, have taken, and do now take, in the name of his Majesty and of his...
Page 145 - The sieur de la Salle divided his party the next day into three bands, to go and explore them. He took the western, the sieur Dautray the southern, the sieur Tonty, whom I accompanied, the middle one. These three channels are beautiful and deep. The water is brackish ; after advancing two leagues it became perfectly salt, and advancing on, we discovered the open sea, so that on the ninth of April, with all possible solemnity, we performed the ceremony of planting the cross and raising the arms of...
Page 169 - Palms ; upon the assurance which we have received from all these nations, that we are the first Europeans who have descended or ascended the said river Colbert ; hereby protesting against all those who may in future undertake to invade any or all of these countries, people, or lands above described, to the prejudice of the right of his Majesty, acquired by the consent of the nations herein named. Of which, and of all that can le needed, I hereby take to witness those who hear me, and demand an act...
Page 134 - Tamaroas,* who had gone to the chase; we left there marks of our peaceful coming and signs of our route, according to practice in such voyages. We went slowly, because we were obliged to hunt and fish almost daily, not having been able to bring any provisions but Indian corn. Forty leagues from Tamaroa is the River Oiiabache (Ohio), where we stopped.
Page 137 - Six of the principal men brought him back in the same periagua, and came into the redoubt, where the Sieur de la Salle made them presents of tobacco and some goods. On their side they gave us some slaves, and the most important chief invited us to go to the village to refresh ourselves, which we readily did. All those of the village, except the women, who had at first taken flight, came to the bank of the river to receive us. Here they built us cabins, brought us wood to burn and provisions in abundance....
Page 168 - Koroas, which are the most considerable nations dwelling therein, with whom also we have made alliance, either by ourselves or by others in our behalf;* as far as its mouth at the sea...
Page 5 - The term cache, meaning a place of concealment, was originally used by the Canadian French trappers and traders. It is made by digging a hole in the ground, somewhat in the shape of a jug, which is lined with dry sticks, grass, or anything else that will protect its contents from the dampness of the earth. In this place the goods to be concealed are carefully stowed away ; and the aperture is then so effectually closed as to protect them from the rains.
Page 234 - Indians of all nations, filled these with admiration at every- moment. Among other things he told them, that the chief of the French was the greatest chief in the world, as high as the sun, and as far above the Spaniard as the sun is above the earth. On his recounting the victories of our monarch, they burst into exclamations, putting their hand on their mouth as a mark of astonishment. I found them very docile and tractable, and they seized well enough what we told them of the truth of a God.
Page 133 - We found it in a good state, and La Salle left his orders here. As from this spot navigation is open at all seasons, and free from ice, we embarked in our canoes, and on the 6th of February, reached the mouth of the river Seignelay, at 38° north.
Page 249 - Salle through the heart with a pistol ; he died on the spot, unshriven, unable even, to utter the names of Jesus and Mary. Another -who was with Hiens, shot the murderer of the sieur de Moranget (Liotot), in the side with a musket-ball. He had time to confess, after which a Frenchman fired a blank cartridge at his head ; his hair, and then his shirt, and clothes, took fire and wrapped him in flames, and in this torment he expired.

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