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which I did, and as I was just on the point
of taking it, more than Ioo men appeared
on the banks of the river to defend their
people. M. de la Salle shouted out to me
to come back, which I did. We went on
and encamped opposite them. Afterwards,
M. de la Salle,expressing a wish to meet
them peaceably, offered to carry to them
the calumet, and embarking, went to them.
At first they joined their hands, as a sign
that they wished to be friends; I, who had
but one hand, told our men to do the same
I made the chief men among them cross
over to M. de la Salle, who accompanied
them to their village, three leagues inland,
and passed the night there with some of his
men. The next day he returned with the
chief of the village where he had slept, who
was a brother of the great chief of the
Natches; he conducted us to his brother's
village, situated on the hillside, near the
river, at six leagues' distance. We were
well received there. This nation counts
more than 300 warriors. Here the men
cultivate the ground, hunt, and fish, as well
as the Taencas, and their manners are the
same. We departed thence on Good Friday,
and after a voyage of 20 leagues, encamped
at the mouth of a large river, which
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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/m1/54/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.