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4th we weathered a point of that island, and,
the wind growing scant, were forced to ply
upon a bowline and make several trips till
the 5th, at night, when we anchored in a
creek, in fifteen fathom water, and continued
there till the 8th.
During the short stay M. de la Salle went
ashore with several gentlemen of his retinue
on the island of Pines, shot an alligator
dead, and, returning aboard, perceived
he had lost two of his volunteers, who
had wandered into the woods and perhaps
lost their way. We fired several musket
shots to call them, which they did not
hear, and I was ordered to expect them
ashore, with thirty musqueteers to attend
me. They returned the next morning with
In the meantime our soldiers, who had
good stomachs, boiled and eat the alligator
M. de la Salle had killed. The flesh of it
was white and had a taste of musk, for
which reason I could not eat it. One of our
hunters killed a wild swine, which the inhabitants
of those islands called maron.
There are some of them in the island of St.
Domingo, or Hispaniola. They are of the
breed of those the Spaniards left in the
islands when they first discovered them and
run wild in the woods. I sent it to M. de
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