The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 79 of 330
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off, and thus all our powder was lost, which
very much annoyed me, as we were reduced
to sixty pounds of ammunition. On the 23d
we slept half a league from the village, and
the chiefs came to visit us at night. I asked
them about the Frenchmen. They told me
that they had accompanied their chiefs to
fight against the Spaniards, seven days'
journey off; that the Spaniards had surrounded
them with their cavalry, and that
their chief having spoken in their favor,
the Spaniards had given them horses and
arms. Some of the others told me that the
Quanouatins had killed three of them, and
that the four others were gone in search of
iron arrow-heads. I did not doubt but they
had murdered them. I told them that they
had killed the Frenchmen. Directly all the
women began to cry, and thus I saw that
what I had said was true. I would not,
therefore, accept the calumet. I told the
chief I wanted four horses for my return,
and, having given him seven hatchets and
a string of large glass beads, I received the
next day four Spanish horses, two of which
were marked on the haunch with an R and
a crown (couronne fermee) and another
with an N. Horses are very common
among them. There is not a cabin which
has not four or five. As this nation is some49
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/79/: accessed May 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.