The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 86 of 268
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ing in a border of wood, which seemed to
us to be very high.
Between that little hill and our dwelling
Was a sort of marsh, and in it abundance of
Wild fowl, as curlews, water hens and other
Sorts. In the marsh there were little pools
full of fish. We had also an infinite number
of beeves, wild goats, rabbits, turkeys,
bustards, geese, swans, fieldfares, plovers,
teal, partridges and many other sorts of
fowl fit to eat, and among them one called
le grand gosier, or the great gullet, because
it has a very large one; another as big and
fleshy as a pullet, which we called the spatula,
because its beak is shaped like one, and
the feathers of it, being of a pale red, are
As for fish, we had several sorts in the
river and in the lakes I have mentioned.
The river afforded a sort of barbel, differing
from ours in roundness in their having
three bones sticking out, one on the back,
the others on each side of the head and in
the flesh, which is like cod, anl without
Scales. The river supplied us with abundance
of other fishes, whose names we know
not. The sea afforded us oysters, eels, trout,
a sort of red fishes and others, whose long,
Sharp and hard beak tore all our nets.
We had plenty both of land and sea tor79
Here’s what’s next.
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