The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 53 of 330
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I learnt of this nation. The three villages
below have the same customs.
Let us return to the chief. When I was
in his cabin he told me with a smiling countenance
the pleasure he felt at the arrival
of the French. I saw that one of his wives
wore a pearl necklace. I presented her with
ten yards of blue glass beads in exchange
for it. She made some difficulty but the
chief having told her to let me have it, she
did so. I carried it to M. de la Salle, giving
him an account of all that I had seen,
and told him that the chief intended to visit
him the next day-which he did. He would
not have done this for savages, but the hope
of obtaining some merchandise induced him
to act thus. He came the next day with
wooden canoes to the sound of the tambour
and the music of the women. The savages
of the river use no other boats than these.
M. de la Salle received him with much politeness,
and gave him some presents; they
gave us, in return, plenty of provisions and
some of their robes. The chiefs returned
well satisfied. We stayed during the day,
which was the 22d of March. An observation
gave 31 of latitude. We left on the
22d [26th], and slept in an island ten
leagues off. The next day we saw a canoe,
and M. de la Salle ordered me to chase it,
Here’s what’s next.
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