The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 247
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points of the compass, which points being reduced make west-
ward. We advanced into that direction for one league and a half,
and we camped on a high ground, which is on the left going up,
which is the country of the Adayes.
The loth, we crossed several willows, through some places
which are not practical. At three o'clock we entered into the big
river, upon which we made a league to the north-northwest; we
camped then near an Adaye establishment. At the right there were
two or three wretched huts scattered about; the route amounted
for the day to north-northwest five leagues.
The i ith, having advanced a league and a half, we entered into
a bayou on the left, which runs toward the northwest one half
league; we passed then over some inundated prairies, from where
the boats had much difficulty to navigate, touching at every in-
stance. We camped on a high ground on the territory of Spain;
we made during the day three leagues toward the northwest.
The 12th, our guide had us to follow the high shore at the left,
where we saw a very good passage. The passage was difficult be-
cause of the forests through which it was necessary for us to
cross. A little above we saw some fine hillocks and a country ap-
propriate for settling; the earth there is black and not very fertile.
This day we made four leagues to the northwest.
The 13th, we continued to coast along the side of the high shore
to the left where we had difficulty in passing because of the very
thick trees, which are in the water. We made this day five leagues
toward the north-northwest.
The 14th, we sailed along the high shore a league; then we
found some timbers so thick that it seemed incredible to be able
to go through them. There was on the branches of these trees an
infinite number of snakes, upon which it was necessary for us to
fire some musket shots from fear that they might fall into our
boats. This route was very painful and fatigued our men ex-
tremely. We entered afterwards into a channel full of alligators
where the currents were frightful. We passed through it by the
tow line and by pulling ourselves from branch to branch; we
stopped then on a prairie. The route for the day was north two
The 15th, we entered into a channel through which we made
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