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HIISTORY OF TEXAS.
intended for the colony. La Salle was thus left with but
one small vessel, the Belle, and in the summer she was
sent across the bay on an excursion, and was lost near
Dog Island. This left the colony without the means of
leaving the country by water. They crossed the bay to
secure a better location for a permanent fort, and entered
a river, which, from the number of buffaloes on the
banks, they named Las Veches, or river of Beeves.
(Joutel calls the buffaloes wild cattle, and the deer wild
goats.) The summer was occupied in erecting the necessary
buildings, and removing the stores to the new
fort at Dimitt's Point on the Lavaca River; with occasinal
excursions in various directions, in hopes of finding
the great river. The company now consisted of about
In January, 1686, leaving Joutel in charge of the fort,
La Salle, with twenty companions, started upon an
excursion to hunt for the Mississippi River. He traveled
as far as the Brazos River, where he had the misfortune'
to lose one of his men, who was either drowned or devoured
by an alligator. Becoming satisfied that he was
entirely too far to the west, he returned to the fort, having
lost five of his men.
While in Canada, La Salle had in his service a faithful
lieutenant, De Tonti, the iron-handed. (He had lost one
of his hands in battle, and had substituted one of iron.)
De Tonti had been instructed by La Salle to descend the
Mississippi River to the mouth of the Arkansas, and
establish a fort, and collect supplies for the colony he was
bringing out from France.
Believing that his lieutenant would be found at the
designated place, La Salle, about the last of April, with
twenty companions, started, intending to discover the
river at the point occupied by his faithful De Tonti. The
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Thrall, Homer S., 1819-1894. A Pictorial History of Texas, From the Earliest Visits of European Adventurers, to A.D. 1879., book, 1879; St. Louis, Missouri. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/86/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .