The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 48 of 330
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on the left. There was no one there, all the
people being at their winter quarters in the
woods. We made marks to inform the savages
that we had passed, and continued our
route as far as the River Ouabache,9 which
is eighty leagues from that of Illinois. It
comes from the east, and is more than 500
leagues in length. It is by this river that the
Iroquois advance to make war against the
nations of the south. Continuing our voyage
about sixty leagues, we came to a place
which was named Fort Prudhomme, because
one of our men lost himself there
when out hunting, and was nine days without
food. As they were looking for him
they fell in with two Chikasas savages,
whose village was three days' journey inland.
They have 2,000 warriors, the greatest
number of whom have flat heads, which
is considered a beauty among them, the
women taking pains to flatten the heads of
their children, by means of a cushion which
they put on the forehead and bind with a
band, which they also fasten to the cradle,
and thus make their heads take this form.
;When they grow up their faces are as big
as a large soup plate. All the nations on
the seacoast have the same custom.
M. de la Salle sent back one of them with
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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/m1/48/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.