The hardest part of the work was in what was called, “making the portages.”
On some of these trips the number of portages runs up into the scores.
He was tolerably well acquainted with the routes, their portages, and distances.
In these portages one of the Indians carried the canoe on his head.
How the Indians could run so quickly through the portages was to me a marvel.
So long did it take to make these portages that food supplies failed.
But Champlain, undeterred by portages and mosquitoes, kept on.
There are portages between them where the canoes have to be carried.
Some of these portages are still in use and uninfluenced by civilization.
The portages were, in numerous instances, the keys of the fur trade.