The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 75 of 330
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boat and made twenty leagues portage, and
on the I7th of February, I69o, came to
Nachitoches. They made us stay at the
place, which is in the midst of the three
villages called Nachitoches, Ouasita and
Capiche. The chiefs of the three nations
assembled, and before they began to speak
the 30 Taencas who were with me got
up and, leaving their arms, went to the temple,
to show how sincerely they wished to
make a solid peace. After having taken
their God to witness, they asked for friendship.
I made them some presents in the
name of the Taencas. They remained some
days in the village to traffic with salt, which
these nations got from a salt lake in the
neighborhood. After their departure they
gave me guides to Yataches, and after ascending
the river, always towards the northwest,
about thirty leagues, we found fifteen
cabins of Natches, who received us pretty
well. We arrived on the i6th of March at
Yataches, about forty leagues from thence.
The three villages of Yataches, Nadas and
Choye are together. As they knew of our
arrival, they came three leagues to meet us
with refreshments, and on joining us we
went together to their villages. The chief
made many feasts for us. I gave presents
to them, and asked for guides to the Cada45
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