The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902

THE QUARTERLY
OP THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. V. JANUARY, 1902. No. 3.
The publication committee and the editor disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to the Quarterly.
THE BEGINNINGS OF TEXAS.
Fort Saint Louis and Mission San Francisco de los Tejas.
R. C. CLARK.
To bring together a series of incidents that are properly a part
of a larger narrative in such a manner as to give to them propor-
tion and meaning is a task of considerable difficulty. It requires
the compression into single paragraphs or sentences of circum-
stances and events the relation of which might well deserve chap-
ters; the subordination of movements and occurrences that are of
much importance; and the rejection of all material, howsoever
interesting or valuable, that is not directly necessary to the con-
struction of the special narrative. Such a task the writer has set
himself in the preparation of this paper. It is his purpose to take
out from the larger history of Spanish enterprises and endeavors in
North America that specific connection of incidents pertaining to
the first efforts of the Franciscan fathers to establish missions
within the limits of the territory which later became known as
Texas: in particular, to relate the history of the expeditions sent
out in the years 1689, 1690, and 1691 by the viceroys of Mexico
for the purpose of exploring the lands east of the Rio Grande, and

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