Historical Collections of Louisiana: Embracing Translations of Many Rare and Valuable Documents Relating to the Natural, Civil and Political History of that State, Part 2

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Benjamin Franklin French
Wiley and Putnam, 1850 - Louisiana
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Page 286 - This man was standing, perfectly naked, with his hands stretched out and raised toward the sun, as if he wished to screen himself from its rays, which nevertheless passed through his fingers to his face. When we came near him...
Page 124 - Where the arrow meets with no armour, it pierces as deeply as the shaft from a crossbow. Their bows are very perfect; the arrows are made of certain canes, like reeds, very heavy, and so stiff that one of them, when sharpened, will pass through a target. Some are pointed with the bone of a fish, sharp...
Page vii - A Description Of the English Province of Carolana, by the Spaniards call'd Florida, And by the French La Louisiane. As Also of the Great and Famous River Meschacebe or Mississippi, The Five vast Navigable Lakes of Fresh Water, and the Parts Adjacent. Together With an Account of the Commodities of the Growth and Production of the said Province, And a Preface containing some considerations on the Consequences of the French making Settlements there.
Page 191 - The next day, being the 21st of May, 1542, departed out of this life, the valorous, virtuous, and valiant Captain, Don Fernando de Solo, Governor of Cuba, and Adelantado of Florida : whom fortune advanced, as it useth to do others, that he might have the higher fall.
Page 295 - They feasted us with sagamite and fish, and we passed the night with them, not, however, without some uneasiness. We embarked early next morning with our interpreters and ten Indians, who went before us in a canoe. Having arrived about half a league from Arkansea, we saw two canoes coming towards us. The captain of one was standing up, holding the calumet in his hand, with which he made signs, according to the custom of the country. He afterwards joined us, inviting us to smoke, and singing pleasantly....
Page 296 - Mexico was in latitude 31" 4o', and that we could reach it in three or four days' journey from the Akansea [Arkansas River], and that the Mississippi discharged itself into it, and not to the eastward of the Cape of Florida, nor into the California Sea, we resolved to return home. We considered that the advantage of our travels would be altogether lost to our nation if we fell into the hands of the Spaniards, from whom we could expect no other treatment than death or slavery ; besides, we saw that...
Page 284 - The country through which it flows is beautiful ; the groves are so dispersed in the prairies that it makes a noble prospect ;. and the fruit of the trees shows a fertile soil. These groves are full of walnut, oak, and other trees unknown to us in Europe. We saw neither game nor fish, but roebuck and buffaloes in great numbers.
Page 282 - The history of their labors is connected with the origin of every celebrated town in the annals of French America : not a cape was turned, nor a river entered, but a Jesuit led the way.
Page 167 - And after halfe an hour that they had stood there stil, there came to the camp sixe principall Indians, and said, they came to see what people they were ; and that long agoe they had been informed by their forefathers, that a white people should subdue them ; and that therefore they would returne to their cacique, and bid him come presently to obey and serve the Governour...
Page 149 - Governor asking him whether he had notice of any rich Countrie ? he said, yea : to wit, that toward the North, there was a Province named Chisca : and that there was a melting of Copper, and of another metal of the same colour, save that it was finer, and of a far more perfect colour, and far better to the sight ; and that they used it not so much, because it was sorter.