TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. II. APRIL, 1899. No. 4.
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to the Quarterly.
CARTA DE DON DAMIAN MANZANET A DON CARLOS
DE SIG UENZA SOBRE EL DESCUBRIMIENTO
DE LA BAI-IA DEL ESPIRITU SANTO.
[The MS. here given in fac simile, with the translation by Miss Casis,
belongs to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, and has
been kindly lent for publication by the authorities of that institution. It
is of especial interest for its account of the founding of the mission Sain
Francisco de los Tejas, the first established by the Spaniards in what is
now Texas. Yoakum and others who have followed him are wrong in sup-
posing that this mission was located near the ruins of the French settle-
ment, Fort St. Louis, on the La Vaca. It was, in fact, far in the interior,
not a great distance from the present town of Nacogdoches.
As to the history of the MS., nothing certain has been learned further
than that it belonged to the collection of Ramirez, Maximilian's Secretary
of State, and that President John G. James of the Agricultural and Me-
chanical College bought it in 1881 from Bernard Quaritch, London.
On the back of the MS. is the following.
A 30 dias, del mes de sepre afio de 1709, a la madrugada, sucedio un
terromoto, en el puerto de la Vera Cruz, de vientos en contrados, q se
sumergieron y se hisieron pedasos, once, navios, y se caieron algunas casas,
y aseguran se perdieron en esta rruina mas de Trecientos mill pesos.
This is in a different hand from the rest, and is, like the letter itself,
The title given above does not appear ill the MS.; it was that given
in Quaritch's Catalogue. The size of the written page of the MS. is (i x
111 inches-EDITOR QUARTNIRLY.]
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101011/. Accessed May 21, 2013.