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I learned from them that eighty leagues off
were seven Frenchmen whom M. Cavelier
had left. I hoped to finish my troubles by
rejoining them, but the Frenchmen who accompanied
me, tired of the voyage, would
go no further. They were unmanageable
persons, over whom I could exercise no
authority in this distant country. I was
obliged to give way. All that I could do
was to engage one of them, with a savage,
to accompany me to the village of Naovediche,
where I hoped to find the seven
Frenchmen. I told those who abandoned
me that, to prevent the savages knowing
this, it was best to say that I had sent them
away to carry back the news of my arrival,
so that the savages should not suspect our
The Cadadoquis are united with two
other villages called Natchitoches and Nasoui,
situated on the Red River. All the nations
of this tribe speak the same language.
Their cabins are covered with straw, and
they are not united in villages, but their
huts are distant one from the other. Their
fields are beautiful. They fish and hunt.
There is plenty of game, but few cattle
(bceufs). They wage cruel war with each
other, hence their villages are but thinly
populated. I never found that they did any
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, book, 1905; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/77/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .