Marryatt, Monsieur Violet. His Travels and Adventures Among the Snake Indians and Wild Tribes of the Great Western Prairies

Marryatt, Monsieur Violet. His Travels and Adventures Among the Snake Indians and Wild Tribes of the Great Western Prairies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...two years, the expedition, missing the mouth of the Mississippi, entered the Bay of Matagorda, where they were shipwrecked. "There," says Bancroft, in his History of America, "under the suns of June, with timber felled in an inland grove, and dragged for a league over the prairie grass, the colonists prepared to build 8-shelter, La Salle being the architect, and himself making the 'beams, and tenons, and mortises." This is the settlement which made Texas a part of Louisiana. La Salle proposed to seek the Mississippi in the canoes of the Indians, who had shown themselves friendly, and, after an absence of about four months, and the loss of thirty men, he returned in rags, having failed to find "the fatal river." The eloquent American historian gives him a noble character. "On the return of La Salle," says he, "he learned that a mutiny had broken out among his men, and they had destroyed a part of the colony's provisions. Heaven and man seemed his enemies, and, with the giant energy of an indomitable will, having lost his hopes of fortune, his hopes of fame, with his colony diminished to about one hundred, among whom discontent had given birth to Plans of erime_with no European nearer than the river Pamuco, and no French nearer than the northern shores of the Mississippi, he resolved to travel on foot to his countrymen in the north, and renew his attempts at colonization." It appears that La Salle left sixty men behind him, and on the 20th of March, 1686, after a buffalo hunt, he was murdered by Dllhaut and L'Areheveque, two adventurers, who had embarked their capital in the interprise. They had long shown a spirit of mutiny, and the malignity of disappointed avarice so...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772245
  • 9781236772244