The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 72 of 330
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their nation was numerous, that they only
wanted a few musqueteers, and that the
Spaniards had much money, which they
(the French) should take; and as for themselves,
they only wished to keep the women
and children as slaves. Coutoure told me
that a young man whom M. Cavelier had
left at Arkansas had assured him that this
was very true. I would not undertake anything
without the consent of the Governor
of Canada. I sent the said Coutoure to the
French remaining in Nicondiche 3 to get all
the information he could. He set off, and
at one hundred leagues from the Fort was,
wrecked, and, having lost everything, returned.
In the interval M. de Denonville directed
me to let the savages do as they liked, and
to do nothing against the Iroquois. He
at the same time informed me that war was
declared against Spain. Upon this I came
to the resolution of going to Naodiche, to
execute what M. Cavelier had ventured to
undertake, and to bring back M. de la
Salle's men, who were on the seacoast, not
knowing of the misfortune that had befallen
him I set off on the 3d of October and
joined my cousin, who was gone on before,
[' Nivondiche, Naodiche, with other spellings,
are probably names for the Cenis.]
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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/m1/72/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.