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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 4, 15th edition. 1 1 Browse Search
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excessive rains and snows, by mire and swamps, while Washington's quick eye discerned all the richness of the meadows. At Waterford, the limit of his journey, he found Fort Le Boeuf defended by cannon. Around it stood the barracks of the soldiers, rude log-cabins, roofed with bark. Fifty birch-bark canoes, and one hundred and seventy boats of pine were already prepared chap. V.} 1753. for the descent of the river, and materials were collected for building more. The commander, Gardeur de St. Pierre, an officer of integrity La Galissoniere to the minister, 23 Oct. 1748. and experience, and, for his dauntless courage, both feared and beloved by the red men, refused to discuss questions of right. I am here, said he, by the orders of my general, to which I shall conform with exactness and resolution. And he avowed his purpose of seizing every Englishman within the Ohio valley. France was resolved on possessing the great territory which her missionaries and travellers had reve