The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 89 of 330
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at Messina he was made captain-lieutenant
to the maitre de camp of 20,000. When the
enemy attacked the post of Libisso his right
hand was shot away by a grenade, and he
was taken prisoner and conducted to Metasse,
where he was detained six months,
and then exchanged for the son of the governor
of that place. He then went to France,
to obtain some favor from his Majesty, and
the King granted him three hundred livres.
He returned to the service in Sicily, made
the campaign as a volunteer in the galleys,
and, when the troops were discharged, being
unable to obtain employment, he solicited
at court, but being unsuccessful, on account
of the general peace, he decided, in
1678, to join the late Monsieur de la Salle,
in order to accompany him in the discoveries
of Mexico, during which, until 1682,
he was the only officer who did not abandon
These discoveries being finished, he remained,
in 1683, commandant of Fort St.
Louis of the Illinois; and in I684 he was
there attacked by two hundred Iroquois,
whom he repulsed, with great loss on their
side. During the same year he repaired to
Quebec, at the command of M. de la Barre.
In 1685 he returned to the Illinois, according
to the orders which he received from
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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/m1/89/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.