chapter  III
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The Leaving of Port du Mouton

ALL NEW FRANCE in the end being contained in two ships, they weighed anchors from Port du Mouton, for to employ their time and to discover lands as much as they might before winter. We came to Cape de Sable,9 or the Sandy Cape; an ; from thence we sailed to the Bay of Saint Marie,lO where our men lay at anchor fifteen days, whilst the lands and passages as well by sea as by river might be descried and known. This Bay is a very fair place to inhabit, because that one is readily carried thither without doubling. There are mines of iron and silver, but in no great abundance, according to the trial made thereof in France. Having sojourned there some twelve or thirteen days, a strange accident happened, such as I will tell you. There was a certain Churchman of a good family in Paris that had a desire to perform the voyage with Monsieur de Monts, and that against the liking of his friends, who sent expressly to Honfleur to divert him thereof and to bring him back to Paris. The ships lying at anchor in the said Bay of Saint Marie, he put himself in company with some that went to sport themselves in the woods. It came to pass that, having stayed to drink at a brook, he forgot there his sword, and followed on his way with his company; which when he perceived he returned back to seek it; but, having found it, forgetful from what part he came and not considering whether he should go East or West or otherwise (for there was no path), he took his way quite contrary, turning his back from his company, and so long travelled that he found himself at the sea-shore where no ships were to be seen (for they were at the

other side of a nook of land far reaching into the sea) : he imagined that he was forsaken, and began to bewail his fortune upon a rock. The night being come, everyone being retired, he is found wanting: he was asked for of those that had been in the woods; they report in what manner he departed from them, and that since they had no news of him. Whereupon a Protestant was charged to have killed him, because they quarrelled sometimes for matters of religion. Finally, they sounded a trumpet through the forest; they shot off the cannon divers times-but in vain; for the roaring of the sea, Stronger than all that, did expel back the sound of the said cannons and trumpets. Two, three, and four days pass; he appeareth not. In the meanwhile the time hastens to depart; so, having tarried so long that he was then held for dead, they weighed anchOl s to go further, and to see the depth of a Bay that hath some 40 leagues length, and 14 (yea 18) of breadth, which was named La Baie Fran<;aise, or the French Bay.11