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Plate IX.

Plate IX. The French Select a Place for Building a Fort

Plate IX. The French Select a Place for Building a Fort

After exploring many of the rivers in that country, it was finally decided that the River of May was the best one for an establishment, because millet [i.e., maize] and breadstuffs were most abundant there, besides the gold and silver that had been discovered there on the first voyage. They therefore sailed for that river; and, after ascending it to the neighborhood of a certain mountain, they selected a place more fit for the site of their fort than any previously observed. Nest day, as soon as it was light, after offering prayers to god, and giving thanks for their prosperous coming into the province, they all went briskly to work; and, after a triangular outline had been measured out. They all began- some to dig in the earth, some to make fascines of brushwood, some to put up the wall. Every man was briskly engaged with spade, saw, axe, or some other tool; and so diligent were they that the work went rapidly forward.

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