The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 11 of 330
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the fur trade. Finally, during the winter of
i168-69 he learned from a chance party
of Senecas that a great river arose in their
country, and after a course entailing a canoe
voyage of eight or nine months, emptied
into the sea.
This report aroused the explorer in La
Salle, for he conceived the possibility of
discovering the long-desired channel to the
South Sea. With him, to dream was to
act, and his action, approved by Courcelles
and Talon, implied the disposal of his estate
to provide funds for the undertaking. Before
this was accomplished the prudent governor
had combined La Salle's scheme with
a project of the Sulpitians to establish missions
among the western Indians. Thus
the expedition that left La Chine, in July,
Sl9,-was a double-headef one, with Dollier
and Gallinee representing the churchly element,
and La Salle the equally enticing
spirit of adventurous exploration.
It was La Salle's misfortune thus to
begin his career as explorer, as well as to
end it, with the handicap of divided responsibility.
We may then naturally expect this
expedition to result largely in a failure.
Passing to Irondequoit Bay, on the southxi
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