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MICHIGAN AS A PROVINCE 1 - 5


It turned out that one of them was Joliet returning to Quebec from a visit to the Lake Superior country. He had come down through Lake Huron, the strait of Detroit and Lake Erie to Grand river, whence he had been induced by his guide to cross over to the head of Lake Ontario to avoid possible trouble with the Iroquois. He gave to the Sulpitians a copy of a map he had made of the upper lakes and told them of the Pottawattomies who were a most wicked people and sadly in need of Christian instruction. This appeal impressed th'e missionaries and determined their course then and there. The party broke up, La Salle plunging into the wilderness in search of the Ohio river, which, it is believed, he explored as far as the present city of Louisville. The two Sulpitian priests, Dollier and Galinee, made a portage to the Grand river down which they floated to Lake Erie. But when they reached the lake it was so stirred by storms and the season was so far advanced that they established a winter camp and did not resume their journey until spring. Then they coasted along the south shore of the lake and after many tribulations, including the loss of a great part of their baggage, their vestments and altar-service, they came at last into the peaceful waters of the Detroit river. Arriving at the site of the present city of Detroit they found an Indian village, and in the village a large stone somewhat in the shape of the human figure. This the Indians had daubed with paint and worshipped as an idol. "After the loss of our altar-service, " writes Galince in his journal, "and the hunger we had suffered there was not a man who was not filled with hatred against this false deity. I devoted one of my axes to breaking him to pieces; and then having fastened our canoes side by side, we carried the largest piece to the middle of the river and threw it with all the rest into the water, that he might never be heard of again. God rewarded us immediately for this good action, for we killed a deer and a bear the same day. "

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