The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 12 of 330
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em shore of Lake Ontario, the explorers
made a fruitless journey to the Seneca villages.
Returning thence, they passed to the
,western end of Ontario, where they encountered
Joliet and a companion, homeward
bound from Lake Superior. Here the party
separated, Dollier and Gallinee passing
westward by Joliet's route, while La Salle
turned to the southward.
After leaving his Sulpitian comrades La
Salle's movements are enveloped in great
uncertainty. From later and not wholly
reliable reports, apparently based upon his
own statements, he, with a few attendants,
passed from Lake Ontario to the Alleghany
River, and thence down that stream and the
Ohio, as far as the present city of Louis,ville.
Here he was deserted by his men
and forced to return alone to Canada. The
claim has been made, but without sufficient
foundation, that La Salle, in I670, continued
on down the Ohio until he reached
the Mississippi, and during the following
year returned to that great river-this time
by the Chicago-Illinois portage. Although
it is reasonably certain that La Salle did
not thus reach the Mississippi before Joliet
ind Marquette, it is more than possible that
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/12/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.