The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 47 of 330
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new preparations to continue the discovery
which he had undertaken. I therefore embarked
with him for Fort Frontenac, to
fetch things that we should want for the
expedition. The Father Zenoble accompanied
us. When we came to Lake Fronr
tenac, M. de la Salle went forward, and I
waited for his boat at the village of Tezagon.
When it arrived there I embarked
for Illinois. At the Miamis River I assembled
some Frenchmen and savages for
the voyage of discovery, and M. de la Salle
joined us in October.7 We went in canoes
to the River Chicagou, where there is a
portage which joins that of the Illinois. The
rivers being frozen, we made sledges and
dragged our baggage thirty leagues below
the village of Illinois, where, finding the
navigation open, we arrived at the end of
January [Feb. 6th] at the great River Mississippi.
The distance from Chicagou was
estimated at I40 leagues. We descended
the river, and found, six leagues below, on
the right, a great river,8 which comes from
the west, on which there are numerous nations.
We slept at its mouth. The next
day we went on to the village of Tamarous
[Tamaroa, an Illinois tribe], six leagues off
[7 For the date of La Salle's arrival cf. MARaRY
Vol. I., 592, 593, and Vol. I., page x28.]
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