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Manhatte, that by this means we should
arrive shortly at Montreal; that we should
not lose our time, because we might discover
some fine country, and might even
take some booty on our way. Part of my
men were willing to adopt my plan; but as
the rest were opposed to it, I decided to
return the way I came.
The tide does not rise more than two
feet perpendicularly on the seacoast, and
the land is very low at the entrance of the
river. We encamped in the place where
M. de la Salle had erected the arms of the
King. As they had been thrown down by
the floods. I took them five leagues further
up, and placed them in a higher situation.
I put a silver ecu in the hollow of a tree to
serve as a mark of time and place. We
left this place on Easter Monday. When we
came opposite the Quinipissas Village,2 the
chiefs brought me the calumet, and declared
the sorrow they felt at the treachery they
It was at this village (also called Bayagoulis)
that Iberville, fourteen years after, found the following
letter from Tonty to La Salle, dated 20th
April, 1685, which the Indian chiefs had carefully
preserved: "Sir, having found the column on
which you had placed the arms of France thrown
down, I caused a new one to be erected, about
seven leagues from the sea. All the nations have
sung the calumet. These people fear us extremely,
since your attack upon their village. I close by
saying that it gives me great uneasiness to be
obliged to return under the misfortune of not
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