The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 64
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of Natchitoches is a sandy and hilly country covered with fir trees.
Game is little abundant there. From the Red River of Natchi-
toches as far as the Arkansas River and from the foot of the
mountains up to two hundred to three hundred miles from the
Mississippi, the country offers only a great plain of sand which
the wind has elevated into little hills, little running water, very
little hunting and absolutely no inhabitants. The Comanches are
obliged to cross this country to go to pillage the frontiers of the
Provincias Internas. They have there some regular camping
grounds at places where they find water and some pasturage for
their horses. This trail is known under the name of Chemin de
Guerre des Comanches. The war parties, which are rarely less than
two hundred to three hundred men, leave it but little. However,
they cross the Arkansas in different places in the hope of encoun-
tering some war parties of other enemy nations and of taking from
them their spoil, or, at least, if they are not the strongest, of
stealing their horses from them, during the night, if they have not
been discovered first. Soon afterwards they rejoin the Chemin de
Guerre, so that they may not be in small parties.
The second part from the Rocky Mountains as far as the River
of the Osages and even further down, and from the Arkansas as
far as the Mississippi, across the Missouri, presents, on the con-
trary, immense and rich plains or prairies, without any kind of
wood except along the rivers. These prairies serve as pasturage
for buffalo, elk, etc. The quantity of buffalo, above all, is almost
unbelievable and constitutes the principal nourishment of the
savage nations who inhabit this country and who have their villages
almost always along the river and at a very great distance from
one another. These nations hardly ever come in contact with one
another, only during the great winter hunt. But when they are
at war they send parties at distances of five hundred or six hundred
miles to burn a village or steal some horses. All these nations fight
on horseback with the exception of the Pawnees, who always fight
on foot and are considered as the bravest, and most ferocious, and
the most redoubtable of the savages. They live principally on the
Missouri. They are so enterprising that often they send from the
banks of the Missouri warriors to the number of two hundred or
three hundred, to go to pillage the Spaniards as far as the neigh-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/72/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.