The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 32 of 330
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M. CAVELIER DE LA SALLE came to Court,
a man of great intelligence and merit, who
sought to obtain leave to discover the Gulf
of Mexico by crossing the southern countries
of North America. Having obtained
of the King the permission he desired
through the favor of the late M. Colbert
and M. de Seignelai, the late Monseigneur
the Prince Conty, who was acquainted with
him, and who honored me with his favor,
directed me to him to be allowed to accompany
him in his long journeys, which he
very willingly assented to. We sailed from
Rochelle on the i4th of July, I678, and-arrived
at Quebec on the I5th of September
following. We recruited there for some
days, and after having taken leave of M.
de Frontenac, ascended the St. Lawrence
as far as Fort Frontenac (Kingston), 120
leagues from Quebec, on the banks of the
Lake Frontenac (Lake Ontario), which is
about 300 leagues round. After staying
there four days, we embarked in a boat
of 40 tons burthen to cross the lake, and
on Christmas day we were opposite a village
called Isonnoutouan, to which M. de la
Salle sent some canoes to procure Indian
corn for our subsistence. From thence we
sailed towards Niagara, intending to look
for a place above the Falls where a boat
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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/m1/32/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.