Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
name of Iawas. These presided over their sacrifices,
were their only physicians, and professed to deal in
magic. They held almost unlimited power over the minds
of their people, and dictated in all the counsels of the
country. It was fortunate for the French that they took
no alarm at their presence, and suffered the hospitality
of the aborigines to pursue a natural direction.
The provisions of the colonists soon failed them,
and they were compelled to turn to the Indians for
supplies. The humble stock of the savages was freely
shared with them ; "they gave them part of all the victuals
which they had, and kept no more to themselves than
would serve to sow their fields." This excessive liberal-
ity had the effect of sending the natives to the woods,
that they might live upon roots until the time of harvest :
and having thus exhausted the resources of the people
of Audusta, the French turned to other tribes to king
Couexis, " a man of might and renown in this province,
which maketh his abode toward the south, abounding at
all seasons, and replenished with quantity of milk,
corne, and beans"-and to "king Ouade, a brother of
Couexis, no less wealthy than the former. The liberality
of Ouade, whose territories lay upon the river Belle,
(May,) was not less than that of Audusta. He received
the French kindly, in a house hanged about with tapestry
feathers of divers colors.""Moreover, the place where
the king took his rest was covered with white coverlets,
embroidered with devices of very witty and fine workman-
ship, and fringed round about with a fringe dyed in the
color of scarlet." This prince commanded their boats
to be filled with provisions, and presented them with