The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 33 of 330
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might be built. The winds were so contrary
that we could not approach it nearer
than nine leagues, which obliged us to go
by land. We found there some cabins of
the Iroquois, who received us well. We
slept there, and the next day we went three
leagues further up to look for a good place
to build a boat, and there encamped. The
boat we came in was lost through the obstinacy
of the pilot, whom M. de la Salle
had ordered to bring it ashore. The crew
and the things in it were saved. M. de la
Salle determined to return to Fort Frontenac
over the ice, and I remained in command
at Niagara, with a Father Recollet
and 30 men. The boat was completed in
the spring [in August] of I679. M. de
la Salle joined us with two other boats, and
several men to assist us to work the boat
up the Rapids, which I was not able to
ascend on account of the weakness of my
crew. He directed me to proceed and wait
for him at the extremity of Lake Erie, at
a place called Detroit, 120 leagues from
Niagara, to join some Frenchmen whom he
had sent off the last autumn. I embarked
in a canoe of bark, and when we were near
Detroit the boat came up. We got into it,
and continued our voyage as far as Michilitnakinac,
where we arrived at the end
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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/m1/33/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.