The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 81
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the waters and the impossibility of our being able to reach
Natchitoches with the few supplies that remained to us, I decided
to send M. Filoche with a pirogue to the Tonicas, to trade for
supplies of beans and corn.
The 21st, we learned of some savage hunters on the left of
the river. I sent one of my pirogues to look for them; they were
of the Tamoucougoula [Avoyelles]'2 nation, otherwise called
Anoy. They made us a present of some quarters of bear and deer;
I kept them for several days in order to hunt. They killed for
me ten deer and a bear, a number of bustards, some duck, some
hares and several squirrels; they caught also many fish for me;
I made a present to them of two muskets.
The 28th, my pirogue arrived from the Tonicas with a barrel
of corn and five of beans, which were all that M. Filoche had
been able to trade for; we took up our course the same day to
follow our journey.
February 8, we had advanced twenty leagues on the Red River;
the currents were so strong that my men found themselves very
fatigued. Being in camp, the pirogue of M. Blondel came to find
us; he had sent it to the Tonicas to search for supplies, having
remained at the rapid with my boat; his guide had led them
astray, so that it was impossible for them to advance above the
rapid, the waters being extremely high, which formed a labyrinth
of impracticable rivers. Upon this news, I sent M. Blondel's
pirogue back to the rapid, which was eight hours away from us,
in which I put a quart of flour. I wrote to M. Le Blanc to send
to me six men as re-enforcement, in order that I might add them
to my crew, it being impossible for me to advance farther with-
out this relief, because of the rapidity of the waters, my boat
being of more than six tons burden, consequently very heavy and
difficult to float.
The i oth, there reached me six men as re-enforcement. Being
still unable to advance, we drew ourselves along during the day
by means of a hawser, by which, attached to the trees, the
12These Indians belonged to the Natchez group. Their villages were near the
mouth of the Red River, in present Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, in the vicinity of
Lake Avoyelles. War and diseases had reduced their number to two or three
women by 1805.
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