The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 58 of 330
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Let us return to the sea coast, where, provisions
failing, we were obliged to leave it
sooner than we wished, in order to obtain
provisions in the neighboring villages. We
did not know how to get anything from the
village of the Quinipissas, who had so ill
received us as we went down the river. We
lived on potatoes until six leagues from
their village, when we saw smoke. M. de
la Salle sent to reconnoitre at night. Our
people reported that they had seen some
women. We went on at daybreak, and
taking four of the women, encamped on
the opposite bank. One of the women was
then sent with merchandise to prove that
we had no evil design and wished for their
alliance and for provisions. She made her
report. Some of them came immediately
and invited us to encamp on the other bank,
which we did. We sent back the
three other women, keeping, however,
constant guard. They brought us some
provisions in the evening, and the
next morning, at daybreak, the scoundrels
We vigorously repulsed them, and by ten
o'clock burnt their canoes, and, but for the
fear of our ammunition failing, we should
have attacked their village. We left in the
evening in order to reach Natches, where
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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/m1/58/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.