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Excerpt from Two Rare Tracts Relating to the State of New York, 1609-15: Viz Champlains Expeditions to Northern and Western New York (1632)They immediately launched the canoes into the water, two men in each with their bagage, whilst one of the menMoreExcerpt from Two Rare Tracts Relating to the State of New York, 1609-15: Viz Champlains Expeditions to Northern and Western New York (1632)They immediately launched the canoes into the water, two men in each with their bagage, whilst one of the men went by land about a league and a half, which was the probable extent of said Rapid, tho not so violent as at the foot, except at some points where rocks obstructed the River, which is no more than three to four hundred paces wide. After the Rapid was passed, though not without trouble, all the Indians who had gone by land over a pretty good road and level country, though covered with timber, re-embarked in their canoes. My men were also on land and I on the water in a canoe. They reviewed all their force and found 24 canoes with 60 men. After having completed their review, we continued our journey as far as an Island three leagues long, covered with the finest pines I ever beheld. They hunted and caught some wild animals there. Passing thence about three leagues further on, we camped in order to rest for the night.Forthwith some began to cut down timber- others to pull off bark to cover lodges to shelter them- others to fell large trees with which to barricade their lodges on the shore. They know so well how to construct those barricades, that five hundred of their enemies would find considerable difficulty in forcing them in less than two hours, without great loss. They do not fortify the side of the river along which their canoes are ranged, so as to be able to embark should occasion require.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.