The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 34 of 330
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[27th] of August, having crossed two lakes
larger than that of Frontenac (Ontario).
We remained there some days to rest ourselves,
and as M. de la Salle intended to
go to the Illinois, he sent me to the Falls
of St. Mary, which is situated where Lake
Superior discharges itself into Lake Huron,
to look for some men who had deserted,
and he in the meantime sailed for the Lake
Illinois. Having arrived at Poutouatamis,
an Illinois village, the calumet was sung,
during which ceremony presents were given
and received. There is a post placed in the
midst of the assembly, where those who
wish to make known their great deeds in
war, striking the post, declaim on the deeds
they have done. This ceremony takes place
in presence of th6se with whom they wish
to make friendship, the calumet being the
symbol of peace. M. de la Salle sent his
boat back to Niagara to fetch the things
he wanted, and, embarking in a canoe, continued
his voyage to the Miamis River, and
there commenced building a house. In the
meantime I came up with the deserters,
and brought them back to within 30 leagues
of the Miamis River, where I was obliged
to leave my men, in order to hunt, our provisions
failing us. I then went on to join
M. de la Salle. When I arrived he told me
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/34/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.