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The Iroquois trail


The Iroquois trail

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    William Martin Beauchamp
Excerpt from book: Page 38. The Erie war has been described, but it lasted only a year, when the nation disappeared from history. According to one story they fled down the Allegany river, pursued by the Senecas, who found them encamped on an island in far superior numbers. The Senecas landed on the lower side of a narrow peninsula, carried their canoes across and launched them again in the stream above. Thus their force seemed to continually increase, and in the morning the Eries had forever disappeared. The Jesuits said that the Iroquois destroyed 2,000 Erie warriors in their own intrenchments. ©eneral When Carder sailed up the St. Lawrence in 1535, there were scattered bands of the Huron-Iroquois almost to its mouth. One fishing party which he met, had nets of native hemp, like those of the New York Indians, a clear evidence of their early use. Although the river was called after Hccheloga, the principal Iroquois town at Montreal, the land of Canada properly began but little below Quebec. The sudden contraction' of the stream there gave it its Algonquin name of Quebeio, or Quebec, meaning a strait, or narrowing. In the Abenaquis' dialect it is Quelibec, "shut up," from a peculiarity in their approach to it. At that time the Iroquois and Algonquins were friends, the traditional rupture having not yet taken place. This may be the reason why the names of the Indians whom Cartier first carried to France, belonged to both these families, and this also may account for the fact, mentioned 'by Charlevoix, that Carder's, Sag- hard's, and La- Hontan's vocabularies were unreliable. He said, " These three authors took at random a few words, some from the Hurons, and others from the Algonquin tongues, which they very ill remembered, and which often signified something very different from what they imagin...  
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