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sippi, which we reached on the i Ith of July.
Finding where we were, and that we were
only thirty leagues from Coroas, we resolved
to go there, although we had never
set foot in that village. We arrived there
on the evening of the I4th. We had not
eaten for three days, as we could find
no animal, on account of the great flood.
I found two of the Frenchmen who had
abandoned me at this village. The savages
received me very well and sympathized with
us in the sufferings we had undergone.
During three days they did not cease feasting
us, sending men out hunting every day,
and not sparing their turkeys. I left them
on the 20th, and reached Arkansas on the
3Ist, where I caught the fever, which
obliged me to stay there till the I Ith of August,
when I left. The fever lasted until
we got to the Illinois, in September, I690.
I cannot describe the beauty of all the
countries I have mentioned. If I had had a
better knowledge of them I should be better
able to say what special advantages might
be derived from them. As for the
Mississippi, it could produce every year
20,000 ecus' worth of peltries, an abundance
of lead, and wood for shipbuilding.
A silk trade might be established there, and
a port for the protection of vessels and
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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/m1/87/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.