The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 28 of 268
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course we were to steer, and it was agreed
we should stand W. N. W. till we came into
six fathom water; that then we should run
west, and when we had discovered the land,
boats should be sent to view the country.
Matters being thus agreed on, we sailed
again, sounding all the way for the more
security, and about ten were in ten or eleven
fathoms water, the bottom fine grayish sand
and oozy. At noon were in 26 37' of north
The 28th, being in eight or nine fathom
water, we perceived the bark La Belle,
which kept ahead of us, put out her colors,
which was the signal of her having discovered
something. A sailor was sent up to
the maintop, who descried the land to the
northeast, not above six leagues' distance
from us, which being told to M. de Beaujeu,
he thought fit to come to an anchor.
There being no man among us who had
any knowledge of that bay, where we had
been told the currents were strong and sate
swiftly to the eastward, it made us suspect
that we were fallen off, and that the
land we saw must be the Bay of Apalache,
which obliged us on the 29th to steer W.
N. W., still keeping along the land, and it
was agreed that the Joly should follow us
in six fathom water.
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