The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791; the Original French, Latin, and Italian Texts, with English Translations and Notes, Volume 69

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Reuben Gold Thwaites
Burrows Bros. Company, 1900 - Canada
Establishment of Jesuit missions: Abenaki ; Quebec ; Montreal ; Huron ; Iroquois ; Ottawa ; and Lousiana.

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Page 228 - Canada , et tous ceux du bas fleuve se trouveroient privés des vivres qu'ils tirent des Illinois , et qui souvent sont pour eux d'une grande ressource. Le Roi , en faisant ici un établissement solide , pare à tous ces inconvéniens : il s'assure de la possession du plus vaste , du plus beau pays de l'Amérique septentrionale. Pour s'en convaincre , il suffit de jeter les yeux sur la carte si connue de la Louisiane , et de considérer la la situation des Illinois , et la multitude des nations auxquelles...
Page 203 - ... has ruined this Mission. and has caused the majority of them to abandon our holy Religion. The Savages — and especially the Illinois. who are the gentlest and most tractable of men — become. when intoxicated. madmen and wild beasts. Then they fall upon one another. stab with their knives. and tear one another. Many have lost their ears. and some a portion of their noses. in these tragic encounters.
Page 189 - The fort of the Miamis was in a very bad condition when we reached it. Most of the palisades were decayed and fallen into ruin. There were eight houses, or, to speak more correctly, eight miserable huts which only the desire of making money could render endurable.
Page 161 - In the evening, I observed the variation, which I found to be nothing. We always kept close to the shore. It is quite regular, straight, but moderately high, and furnishes little shelter; in many places it is mere rock, covered with a few inches of soil. Lake Erie is not deep ; its waters have neither the transparency nor the coolness of those of lake Ontario. It is at this lake that I saw for the first time the wild turkeys ; they differ in no way from our domestic turkeys. The 1 7th.
Page 165 - ... on the 28th, — a fatal hour, which plunged us again into our former miseries. The water suddenly gave out under our canoes, and we were reduced to the sad necessity of dragging them over the stones, — whose sharp edges, in spite of our care and precautions, took off large splinters from time to time. Finally, overcome with weariness, and almost despairing of seeing the Beautiful River, we entered it on the 29th, at noon. Monsieur de Celoron buried a plate of lead on the south bank of the...
Page 177 - ... de Celoron had him come, and ordered him, as he had done with the others, to return to his own country. The Englishman, who saw us ready to depart, acquiesced in all that was exacted from him, — firmly resolved, doubtless, to do nothing of the kind, as soon as our backs were turned. From Chiningue to Sinhioto, my journal furnishes me with nothing curious or new ; there are only readings of the Compass, taken every quarter of an hour, the list of which would be as tedious for the reader as for...
Page 221 - These animals, which are seldom approached, have become almost wild, and artifice must be employed in order to catch them. If a habitant needs a pair of oxen, he goes to the peninsula. When he sees a bull large enough to be trained, he throws a handful of salt to him, and stretches out a long rope with a noose at the end ; then he lies down. The animal which is eager for salt, draws near ; as soon as its foot is in the noose, the man on the watch pulls the rope, and the bull is captured. The same...
Page 208 - ... que dans nos promenades publiques ; ce qui provient en partie de ce que les Sauvages mettent le feu dans les prairies vers la fin de l'automne , lorsque les herbes sont desséchées. Le feu qui gagne de toutes parts , détruit la plupart des jeunes arbres , ce qui n'arrive pas dans les endroits, plus voisins du fleuve , parce que le terrain y étant plus bas , et par là plus aquatique , les herbes conservent plus long-temps leur verdure, et sont moins accessibles aux atteintes du feu. Les plaines...
Page 183 - The situation of the village of the Chaouanons is quite pleasant, — at least, it is not masked by the mountains, like the other villages through which we had passed.
Page 216 - Chicachas, nos irréconciliables ennemis, secondés de quelques autres barbares, ont attaqué subitement ce poste ; ils ont tué plusieurs personnes, en ont emmené treize en captivité ; le reste s'est sauvé dans le fort, dans lequel il n'y avait pour lors qu'une douzaine de soldats.

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