The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 100 of 330
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One of our men, who well understood
their language, told the assembly:
I. That we were come to pay them a visit
and smoke with them in their pipes. Then
we delivered our presents, consisting of
axes, knives, a great collar of white and
blue porcelain, with some gowns. The same
presents were renewed upon every point we
proposed to them.
2. We desired them to give notice to the
five cantons of their nation that we were
about to build a ship or great canoe above
the great fall of the River Niagara, to go
and fetch European commodities by a more
convenient passage than that of the River
St. Lawrence, whose rapid currents make it
dangerous and long; and that by these
means we should afford them our commodities
cheaper than the English of Boston, or
the Dutch, at that time masters of New
York. This pretense was specious enough
and very well contrived to engage the barbarous
nation to extirpate the English and
Dutch out of that part of America.
3. We told them we should provide them,
at the River Niagara, with a blacksmith and
gunsmith to mend their guns, axes,
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