The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 60 of 330
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especially when they have been unsuccessful.
I left them, and at about twenty
leagues from Tamaraas we saw smoke. I
ordered our people to prepare their arms,
and we resolved to advance, expecting to
meet the Iroquois. When we were near the
smoke, we saw some canoes, which made us
think that they could only be Illinois or
Tamaraas. They were in fact the latter.
As soon as they saw us they came out of the
wood in great numbers to attack us, taking
us for Iroquois. I presented the calumet
to them-they put down their arms, and
conducted us to their village without doing
us any harm. The chiefs held a council,
and, taking us for Iroquois, resolved to
burn us; and, but for some Illinois among
us, we should have fared ill. They let us
proceed. We arrived about the end of June,
1683 (1682), at the River Chicagou, and,
by the middle of July, at Michilimakinac.
M. de la Salle, having recovered, joined
us in September. Resolving to go to
France, he ordered me to collect together
the French who were on the River Miamis
to construct the Fort of St. Louis in the
Illinois. I left with this design, and when
I arrived at the place, M. de la Salle, having
changed his mind, joined me.l1 They set
[1 Dec. 30, 1682. Cf. MARGRY I., 613.]
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