The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 380
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Ist of August, the corporal arrived from the Assinais with
the chiefs of this nation, who came to assure me of their friendship
for the French, notwithstanding the rupture with the Spaniards.
I made presents to them in order to induce them to continue their
good intentions toward us; they celebrated the Calumet with me
as a mark of their sincerity. I learned through the corporal that
we had war with the Spaniards, and that M. Blondel, commander
at Natchitoches, had driven the Recollect Fathers from the mis-
sion of the Adayes, which left me very puzzled, so much the more
since these good fathers performed the functions of chaplain at
Natchitoches. This corporal accustomed himself to savage life
and had remained at the house of the chief of the Amediches
[Nabedaches] until the departure of the Spaniards, who, arresting
our garrison" and our savages, had retired from the other side"
of the Trinity River.
Seeing that this war was an obstacle to the commerce which
I had undertaken to carry on with the Spaniards, and that I had
nothing to fear from them for the present in my post, I believed
that it was to the interest of the king to go to the discovery of
the nations, which had been made mention of in the northwest-
ward, to the end of making an alliance with them for facilitating
means of penetrating into New Mexico and the nation of the
Padoucas [Comanches],a7 from where the Spaniards draw con-
siderable wealth. The corporal had traded for twelve horses for
me at the Nadacos and Assinais which he had brought to me. I
bought ten more from our savages; I loaded them with luggage
and provisions; and, the eleventh of the month of August, I put
myself on the way with our two Quidehais guides, a Nassonite
savage, MM. Du Rivage and de la Filoche, a soldier, two enlisted
soldiers, and two Negroes. The same day I dispatched a pirogue
to M. de Bienville to inform him of the state of the garrison and
the enterprises that I had made; I asked him for a commission to
penetrate into the region of the west in order to give me protec-
tion from events which could happen.
We advanced three leagues west-northwest this same day.
65Meaning the corporal and his men.
GOThe west side.
e Padoucas was the Siouan name for the Comanches.
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