A Journal Of Travels Into The Arkansas Territory; During The Year 1819. With Occasional Observations On The Manners Of The Aborigines. Illustrated By A Map And Other Engravings

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the accommodation of passengers. Sometimes they descend to New Orleans in eight or ten days, affording a facility of communication heretofore unprecedented. CHAPTER III. Departure from Shippingsport-Velocity of the cur- ...
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the accommodation of passengers. Sometimes they descend to New Orleans in eight or ten days, affording a facility of communication heretofore unprecedented. CHAPTER III. Departure from Shippingsport-Velocity of the cur- rent—Troy—Owensville—Indigence of the hunting emigrants—Mounds—Evansville—The Diamond island—Shawnectown—Grandeur of the river and the uncultivated state of the surrounding country—Fort Massac—Arrival at the mouth of the Ohio—Delayed by the ice of the Mississippi—A visit from the Delaware and Shawnee Indians—Observations on their mutual jealousy and improvidence. On the 7th, towards evening, I left Shippingsport in the flat-beat which I had purchased, accompanied by an elderly gentleman and his son, who intended to proceed to New Orleans. The river had now taken a sudden and favourable rise of eight or ten feet perpendicular. We floated all night, keeping an alternate watch, and before the expiration of 24 hours, on the 8th, the current alone had carried us without labour near 80 miles ! We accompanied another vessel of the same kind, and, for mutual convenience, our boats, according to custom, were lashed together side by side, thus also facilitating our progress by obtaining a greater scope of the current. 9th.] We continued at the same rate, floating along without any labour, except that of occasionally rowing out from the shore, or avoiding submerged trunks of trees, called snags or sawyers, as they are either stationary or moveable with the action of the current; by the French they are called chicos. In the nightwe passed the town of Troy, an insignificant handful- of log-cabins, dignified by this venerable name ; here we stopped a few moments to unload some salt, which, in consequence of the scarcity, incident to the low stage of water, sold at fo...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459017481
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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