The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 254
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
themselves any village; their reasons are that being separated one
from the other, their enemies are unable to destroy them all at
once, a consequent weakness which is the cause of their destruc-
tion. Ten years ago these four nations formed together over
itwenty-five hundred persons, who find themselves today reduced
to four hundred, who are able to provide two hundred warriors.
[n 1717 there came to make a village with them some families of
the Yatases [Yatasi]. These are people strongly attached to the
French and the first to render service to them. They were for-
merly established fifty-six leagues away on the banks of the Red
River; but, the Chicachas [Chickasaws] having destroyed almost
all of them, the rest has been constrained to take refuge, part
among the Natchitoches and the others among the four nations.
It would be very necessary, however, to oblige them to return
to their village, because of the assistance that they would render
the boats which would come up this river, and one could, for
the safety of this nation, leave among them a detachment of ten
soldiers with a sergeant.
The terrain of the Nassonites is a little elevated, the soil is
sandy; but at half a quarter of a league from the river, the
country is fine, the earth black, and the prairies most beautiful
and most fertile. Near the place that I have chosen for my estab-
lishment, there is an expanse two leagues long covered with ducks,
swans, and bustards. Although the land there may be sandy, it
does not fail to be very fertile for the cultivation of corn, beans,
and other vegetables; small grain is planted there in the month
of March; it is harvested in June; the other grain is sowed in
April and reaped in July. In regard to beans, they produce there
three crops. Garden stuff grows there perfectly; I had planted
some cabbage, lettuces, and all other sorts of vegetables and root
plants, which have come to their perfection, as well as some cotton
plants, whose cotton is much finer than that of the Levant. The
seed is sowed at the beginning of April; it brings forth stalks
from three to four feet high, whose branches are loaded with an
infinite number of bolls of cotton which are harvested at the end
of September, after which these plants die. Tobacco grows there
very fine. The prairies are filled with indigo, strawberry, mush-
room, and morel plants.
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