The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 90 of 330
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the court, and from M. de la Salle, as a captain
of foot in a Marine Detachment, and
governor of Fort St. Louis. In I686 he
went, with forty men in canoes, at his own
expense, as far as the Gulf of Mexico, to
seek for M. de la Salle. Not being able to
find him there, he returned to Montreal, and
put himself under the orders of Monsieur
Denonville, to engage in the war with the
Iroquois. On his return to the Illinois he
marched two hundred leagues by land, and
as far in canoes, and joined the army, when,
being at the head of a company of Canadians,
he forced an ambuscade of the Tsonnonthouans.
The campaign being over, he returned to
the Illinois, whence he departed, in I689, to
go in search of the remains of M. de la
Salle's people,8 but, being deserted by his
men, and unable to execute his design, he
was compelled to relinquish it, when he had
arrived within seven days' march of the
Spaniards. Ten months were spent in going
and returning. As he now finds himself
without employment, he prays that, in
consideration of his voyages and heavy ex8
At the Bay of St. Bernard, and who were there
massacred by the Indians, except three sons and
a daughter of M. Talon, and a young Frenchman
named Eustache de Breman, who were carried
into captivity, and afterwards rescued by the
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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/m1/90/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.