The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 37 of 330
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M. de la Salle commenced building a boat
to descend the river. He sent a Father
Recollet [Hennepin], with the Sieur Deau,
to discover the nation of the Sioux, 400
leagues from the Illinois on the Mississippi
River southwards, [northwards] a river
that runs not less than 800 leagues to the
sea without rapids. He determined to go
himself by land to Fort Frontenac, because
he had heard nothing of the boat which he
had sent to Niagara. He gave me the command
of this place, and left us on the 22d of
March, with five men. On his road he met
with two men, whom he had sent in the
autumn to Michilimakinac to obtain news of
his boat. They assured him that it had not
come down, and he therefore determined to
continue his journey. The two men were
sent to me with orders to go to the old village
to visit a high rock, and to build a
strong fort upon it. Whilst I was proceeding
thither all my men deserted, and took
away everything that was most valuable.
They left me with two Recollets and three
men, newly arrived from France, stripped of
everything and at the mercy of the savages.
All that I could do was to send an
authentic account of the affair to M. de
la Salle. He laid wait for them on Lake
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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/m1/37/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.