The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 52 of 268
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narrowly, told us those people steered
Wrong and were standing towards the
shoals, which made him very uneasy, but
still we advanced. We arrived at the camp
of the savages, which stood upon an eminence,
and consisted of about fifty cottages
made of rush mats, and others of dried
skins, and built with long poles bowed round
at the top, like great ovens, and most of
the savages sitting about as if they were
upon the watch.
We were still advancing into the village,
when we heard a cannon shot, the noise
whereof struck such a dread among the savages
that they all fell flat upon the ground;
but M. de la Salle and we were too sensible
it was a signal that our ship was aground,
which was confirmed by seeing them furl
their sails; however, we were gone too far
to return, our men must be had, and to that
purpose we must proceed to the hut of the
As soon as we arrived there M. de la
Salle was introduced. Many of the Indian
women came in; they were very deformed,
and all naked, excepting a skin girt about
them, which hung down to their knees.
They would have led us to their cottages,
but M. de la Salle had ordered us not to
part, and to observe whether the Indians
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/52/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .