The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 10 of 268
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our voyage and the others for the islands
The four vessels appointed for M. de la
Salle's enterprise had on board about two
hundred and eighty persons, including the
crews, of which number there were one hundred
soldiers, with their officers; one Talon,
with his Canada family; about thirty volunteers,
scme young women, and the rest hired
people and workmen of all sorts, requisite
for making of a settlement.
The first of the four vessels was a manof-war,
called Le Joly, of about thirty-six
or forty guns, commanded by M. de Beaujeu,
on which M. de la Salle, his brother,
the priest; two Recollet friars, MM. Dainmaville
and Chedeville, priests, and I embarked.
The next was a little frigate, carrying
six guns, which the King had given
to M. de Salle, commanded by two masters;
a flyboat of about three hundred tons burden,
belonging to the Sieur Massiot, merchant
at Rochelle, commanded by the Sieur
Aigron, and laden with all the effects M. de
la Salle had thought necessary for his settlement,
and a small ketch, on which M. de
la Salle had embarked thirty tons of ammunition
and some commodities designed for
All the fleet, being under the command
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