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lived to compel him to retire with his domestics.'"1 Second,
Blondel admitted that he had gone in person to los Adaes and
had taken possession of the ornaments and sacred vessels.2 Third,
he was taken to task for this act by La Harpe upon the 1-atter's
return to New Orleans, where he said "he learnt some of the circum-
stances regarding the expedition of Ml. Blondel to the Mission of
los Adaes."8 Fourth, all the reports that reached La Harpe at the
Nassonites were to the effect that the French had driven (avaient
chass6) the Spaniards out of los Adaes. In the course of his ex-
plorations of Red River, La Harpe arrived at the Nassonites, April
5, 1719.4 His first intimation of hostilities came June 16 through
some Nadaco savages. They brought "very confused news about the
Spanish, who, they said, were angry with us that we had driven
them out from los Adaes," and that the governor of the Assinais
and his warriors were retiring from their presidio."6 The next
information that the French trader received came from the Oul-
chionis,7 June 24. They added the information that the French
were at war with the Spanish, and that they had been sent by
the chief of the nation to ask the Nassonites to declare in favor
of the French. La Harpe's third and fullest information was
brought by Saint Frangois, a corporal whom he had sent immedi-
ately after the first news of June 16, to learn further of the mat-
ter. Saint Frangois had left June 20,3 and had gone as far as
the Amediche,9 where he remained till ater the retreat of the
Margry, VI, 225. In the same sentence, Bienville says that the Rev-
erend Father had already retired when Blondel arrived there. The mis-
sionary, as we have seen, was absent when the French appeared. He had
not retired, however, but was on a visit to his superior. See above, p. 11.
"Margry, VI, 306.
"The italics are mine.
Margry, VI, 276.
'The Oulchionis tribe lived on the Island of Natchitoches, and was an
ally of the Natchitoches tribe, which in turn was the closest French ally.
These Indians were thus in a position to know of events, and it is not
unlikely that they had been dispatched immediately to seek aid.
'Margry, VI, 277.
'Margry, VI, 280. The corporal's sojourn among the Amediche, which
are identified with the Nabedache (Bolton, in Handbook of American
Indians, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 30, Part 2, p. 1), where
Mission San Francisco de los Texas was first situated, about four leagues
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