The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 85 of 330
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in Arkansas, went from thence to Illinois.
The Englishman remained at Naoudiches.
We reached Cadadoquis on the loth of
May. We stayed there to rest our horses,
and went away on the I7th with a guide,
who was to take us to the village of Coroas.6
After four days' journey he left us,
in consequence of an accident which happened
in crossing a marsh. As we were
leading our horses by the bridle he fancied
he was pursued by an alligator and tried
to climb a tree. In his hurry he entangled
the halter of my horse, which was drowned.
This induced him to leave us without saying
anything, lest we should punish him
for the loss of the horse. We were thus
left in great difficulty respecting the road
which we were to take. I forgot to say
that the savages who have horses use them
both for war and for hunting. They make
pointed saddles, wooden stirrups, and bodycoverings
of several skins, one over the
other, as a protection from arrows. They
arm the breast of their horses with the
same material, a proof that they are not very
far from the Spaniards. When our guide
was gone I told the Chaganon to take the
lead. All he said in answer was that that
was my business; and, as I was unable to
[' Probably near Natchez.]
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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/m1/85/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.