The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 25 of 268
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and as much water brought in them as filled
six or seven of our water casks.
The same men reported that they had
found a glass bottle, and in it a little wine
or some other liquor, almost dead.6 This
was all the provision we found in that place,
by which it appears how much M. Tonty
was misinformed, since in his book, page
242, he says we found in that island several
tuns of Spanish wine, good brandy and Indian
wheat, which the Spaniards had left or
abandoned; and it is a mere invention, without
anything of truth.
The I6th, the weather being still calm,
the men went ashore again for five or six
more casks of water. I was to have gone
with them, had not an indisposition, which
I first felt in the Island of Pines, and afterwards
turned to a tertian ague, prevented
me. Therefore I can give no account of
that island any further than what I could
see from the ships, which was abundance of
that sort of palm trees in French called
lataniers, fit for nothing but making of
brooms, or scarce any other use. That day
we saw some smokes far within the island,
and guessed they might be a signal of the
number of our ships, or else made by some
[6 Cf. Estab't Faith (SHEA, Ed.) II., 21o. Also
Vol. I., page 212.]
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Second volume of biographical accounts related to the explorations of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in North America including memoirs, accounts, and narratives of his discovery and exploration down the Mississippi River.
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