The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 76 of 268
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lamented by all the men, and particularly
by M. de la Salle, to whom he was very serviceable
by reason of his general knowledge
and his particular fidelity towards him. M.
Carpentier, son to the master of the works,
and the Sieur Thibault, both of Rouen, and
Some others died about the same time.
M. de la Salle being desirous to take a
progress to find his fatal Mississippi River,4
and only expecting the recovery of his
brother, M. Cavelier, who was to bear him
Company, he began to make some preparations
towards it, and in the meantime took
SOme small journeys of four or five leagues
about, but could learn nothing further than
that it was a very fine country, hemmed in
on one side by a small mountain, which
appeared at about fifteen or twenty leagues'
distance, beautified with very fine trees and
Watered by many little rivers, whereof that
on which we had built our habitation was
the least. We called it La Riviere aux
Boeufs--that is, the River of Bullocks-by
reason of the great number of them there
Was about it. These bullocks are very like
ours; there are thousands of them, but inStead
of hair they have a very long curled
Sort of wool.
M. de la Salle, studying all ways to find
[I Cf. Ibid., 183, "sa riviere."]
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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/m1/76/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .