Voyages Of Peter Esprit Radisson By Peter Esprit Radisson


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"These Menaces On The Part Of The English Were Capable Of Producing Bad Effects, The Genius Of The Savages Being Of Never Awaiting Their Enemies, But On The Contrary Of Going To Seek Them.

In this design the chief of the Asenipoetes disposed himself to march against the English with a party of

His people; when 10 or 12 persons were seen on the northern side of the Hayes river seeking for these same fruits on which the savages had lived for some time, he believed that they were the advance guard of the English & of the savages from the South, whom he supposed united, who came to attack us; which obliged him to make all his men take their bows and arrows, after which he ranged them in order of battle & made this address in our presence: 'My design is to pass the river with 2 of the most courageous among you to go attack the enemy, & of disposing of you in a manner that you may be in a condition of relieving me or of receiving me, whilst the French will form the corps of reserve; that our women will load in our canoes all our effects, which they are to throw over in case necessity requires it But before undertaking this expedition I wish that you make choice of a chief to command you in my absence or in case of my death.' Which having been done at the moment, this brave chief addressing us said:

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