The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 86 of 330
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influence him, I was obliged to act as
guide. I directed our course to the southeast,
and after about forty leagues' march,
crossing seven rivers, we found the River
Coroas. We made a raft to explore the
other side of the river, but found there no
dry land. We resolved to abandon our
horses, as it was impossible to take them
on upon account of the great inundation.
In the evening, as we were preparing to
depart, we saw some savages. We called
to them in vain-they ran away, and, we
were unable to come up with them. Two
of their dogs came to us, which, with two
of our own, we embarked the next day on
our raft, and left our horses. We crossed
fifty leagues of flooded country. The water
where it was least deep reached halfway up
the legs; and in all this tract we found only
one little island of dry land, where we killed
a bear and dried its flesh. It would be difficult
to give an idea of the trouble we had
to get out of this miserable country, where
it rained night and day. We were obliged
to sleep on the trunks of two great trees,
placed together, and to make our fire on
the trees, to eat our dogs, and to carry our
baggage across large tracts covered with
reeds. In short, I never suffered so much
in my life as in this journey to the Missis56
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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/m1/86/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.