The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

Questions and Answers.

MOUND PRAIRIE.-The Mound Prairie referred to by Yoakum
and Thrall, and mentioned on page 307 of the April QUARTERLY of
the Texas ,State Historical Association as being five and one-half
miles west of Alto, was -doubtless so designated because of the ex-
istence .of two ancient Indian mounds on the lold Sian Antonio road,
two miles east of the Neches River, and formerly known as the
Bradshaw place.
There is a locality which has been known, for at least sixty years,
as Mound Prairie, which is situated some six miles northeast of the
town of Palestine, in Anderson County, on the old Kickapoo road,
and not ten miles west of Palestine, as stated by Mr. Daibney White.
I should be glad to receive through THE QUARTERLY, answers
to the following queries:
1. What is the date of an order of Philip II., cited by several
writers on Texas history, forbidding any but Spanish ships to enter
the Gulf -of Mexico? How could this furnish a pretext for cap-
turing La Salle's St. Frangois, before she had reached the Gulf?
2. Besides the claim which La Salle made in 1682, to all Louisi-
ana, did he make a second formal claim to the region around Ft.
St. Louis? Neither Joutel nor Douay, so far as I have noticed,
mention any second claim.
3. In the translation by French ,of the proclamation wherein
La Salle takes possession 'of Louisiana, the Mississippi is called the
"River Colbert, or Mississippi."i Joliet, as quoted by Margry, calls
it the "Colbert, on Mississippi selon les sauvages." Who gave it the
name Colbert?
4. In the same document, La Salle mentions by name the tribes
along the Mississippi, so far as he knows them; further 'on he uses

1Historical Collections of Louisiana, Part I., 49.

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