The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 248
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three leagues to the east. We came then into the great channel of
the Red River, we advanced there a league to the north, after
which we stopped on the left of the river in a low ground.
It is obvious that our savage guides did not guide us by the
ordinary route, which is to follow the Grande Rivibre to the out-
let of the second lake; it is even shorter and less fatiguing; but
what engaged them to make us follow the high bank on the left
was for the sake of hunting the deer which are abundant, as well
as in order to avoid the lack of a camping place, being obliged by
the river, in the high waters, to go to bed two or three days in
The 16th, I wanted to go ahead with two pirogues and the big
boat; but our savages deemed it unwise, and in order to prevent
it they have continually remained on the river in one of my
pirogues; we continued to follow the river; the route has been
north three leagues.
The 17th, we made six leagues to the north since departing
from the last stream; the lands are very flat; they are inundated
with the high waters, so that one does not find an encampment
The 18th, we continued to go up the river, on which we made
probably six leagues to the north, a quarter northeast.
The 19th, we made seven leagues to the north, a quarter north-
west; we found a camping spot to the left on a flat ground.
The 2oth, we sailed by varied points of the compass three
leagues, which yielded only a league to the north. We camped on
the right of the river.
The 21st, we found that the river was winding about much;
we made five leagues which yielded only three to the north.
The 22nd, we saw a bayou on the right; at nine o'clock we
arrived at high grounds, where our savages killed some buffalo,
some deer, and some turkeys for us; the route for the day was
north two leagues and a half.
The 2 3rd, I had a cross planted and had the coat of arms of
France and of the Company carved on a big tree. We continued
to ascend the river; but, as the waters were descending with
violence, we were obliged to stop after having advanced two
leagues to the north-northwest.
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