The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 50 of 330
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the arms of the King there; they have
cabins made with the bark of cedar; they
have no other worship than the adoration
of all sorts of animals. Their country is
very beautiful, having abundance of peach,
plum and apple trees, and vines flourish
there; buffaloes, deer, stags, bears, turkeys,
are very numerous. They have even domestic
fowls. They have very little snow
during the winter, and the ice is not thicker
than a dollar. They gave us guides to conduct
us to their allies, the Taencas, six
The first day we began to see and kill
alligators, which are numerous and from
15 to 20 feet long. When we arrived opposite
to the village of the Taencas, M. de la
Salle desired me to go to it and inform the
chief of his arrival. I went with our guides,
and we had to carry a bark canoe for ten
arpens, and to launch it on a small lake in
which their village was placed. I was surprised
to find their cabins made of mud and
covered with cane mats. The cabin of the
chief was 40 feet square, the wall Io feet
high, a foot thick, and the roof, which was
of a dome shape, about 15 feet high. I was
not less surprised when, on entering, I saw
the chief seated on a camp bed, with three
of his wives at his side, surrounded by more
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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/m1/50/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.