The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 67 of 330
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them to assemble at the Fort of Bonhomme,
which they did in the month of April, I686
(1687). The Sieur de la Foret was already
gone in a canoe with 30 Frenchmen,
and he was to wait for me at Detroit till
the end of May. I gave our savages a dog
feast (festin de chien); and after having
declared to them the will of the King and
of the Governor, I left with i6 Frenchmen
and a guide for the Miami nation. We encamped
half a league from the Fort, to
wait for the savages who might wish to follow
us. I left 20 Frenchmen at the Fort,
and the Sieur de Bellefontaine to command
there during my absence. Fifty Chaganons,
four Loups, and seven Miamis came to join
me at night; and the next day more than
300 Illinois came, but they went back again,
with the exception of I49. This did not
prevent my continuing my route; and after
200 leagues of journey by land, we came,
on the i9th of May, to Fort Detroit. We
made some canoes of elm, and I sent one
of them to Fort St. Joseph on the high
ground above Detroit, 30 leagues from
where we were, to give the Sieur Dulud,
the Commander of this Fort, information
of my arrival. The Sieur Beauvais de Tilly
joined me, and afterwards the Sieur de
la Foret; then the Sieurs de la Durantaye
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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/m1/67/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.