The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 80 of 330
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times at peace and sometimes at war with
the neighboring Spaniards, they take advantage
of a war to carry off the horses.
We harnessed ours as well as we could and
departed on the 29th, greatly vexed that we
could not continue our route as far as M.
de la Salle's camp. We were unable to obtain
guides from this nation to take us
there, though not more than eighty leagues
off, besides being without ammunition,
owing to the accident which I related before.
It was at the distance of three days' journey
from hence that M. de la Salle was murdered.
I will say a few words of what I
have heard of this misfortune. M. de la
Salle having landed beyond the Mississippi,
on the side of Mexico, about eighty leagues
from the mouth of the river, and losing his
vessels on the coast, saved a part of the
cargo, and began to march along the seashore
in search of the Mississippi. Meeting
with many obstacles on account of the
bad roads, he resolved to go to Illinois by
land, and loaded several horses with his
baggage. The Father Anastatius, M. Cavelier,
a priest, his brother; M. Cavalier, his
nephew; M. Moranget, a relative; MM. Duhault
and Lanctot 5 and several Frenchmen
[' Otherwise spelled Duhaut and Liotot.]
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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/m1/80/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.