By Patricia K. Galloway
To most folks it most likely turns out that l. a. Salle and his males, completely mounted within the pantheon of explorers of the North American continent, desire little additional creation. if truth be told that this entire early interval of exploration and colonization by way of the French within the southeastern usa has got a ways much less scholarly cognizance than the corresponding English and Spanish actions within the similar quarter, or even the prevailing scholarship has did not concentration sincerely upon the Indian tribes whose attitudes towards the eu new comers have been the most important to their very survival.
In this choice of essays marking the tricentennial of René-Robert Cavelier de los angeles Salle's 1682 day trip into the decrease Mississippi Valley, 13 students from numerous disciplines determine his legacy and the importance of French colonialism within the Southeast. those students within the fields of French colonial background and the ethnohistory of the Indians of the Louisiana Colony take care of a variety of themes starting from l. a. Salle's excursion itself and its position within the context of latest international colonialism in most cases to the interplay of French settlers with local Indian tribes.
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7 If we estimate conservatively at 12 leagues per day, the meeting point would almost certainly be to the south of the Arkansas villages. Further, since the Chickasaw were continually at war with the Arkansas, we would expect them to choose a more southern meeting point. This would suggest, when combined with the evidence presented in the Tonti memoir of 1684, that the meeting place was to have been somewhere between the Arkansas and Taensa villages, the next major stop for the expedition. Given the large distance the Chickasaw had to cover and the limited time which they had to cover it, it seems likely that they would have taken a water route rather than travel over land.
We can now turn to the locational hints about the Chickasaw. 44 Chickasaw Contact With Expedition in 1682 The distance from the Chickasaw Bluffs area to the Chickasaw villages was unfortunately measured in travelling days. The estimates made by the Chickasaw Indians themselves vary in the accounts from four and a half days, this according to both the Membre narrative and the anonymous account, to five days according to the Tonti memoir of 1684 and six days according to the proces verbal Fortunately the Membre narrative has provided us with an estimate of how many leagues are generally travelled in a day, and his estimate of ten to twelve will have to suffice for our purposes.
For Minet to have copied it, he would have to have seen it before leaving France. , 9. "Delanglez, "La Salle's Expedition," 36-7 64 This is a very rough estimate assuming that at least at the beginning most of the canoes in use were bark canoes and that they were not heavily loaded, carrying an average of four to five people. This estimate may be quite wrong, of course, since La Salle's party may have had one or more of the so-called "canots maitres," which could carry some fourteen people (see Surrey, The Commerce of Louisiana during the French Regime, 56; cf.