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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Alabama-Coushattas at school and at play. There is nothing really new
here, but it is well done, real, and poignant.
I am compelled to make a last comment on selecting James Michener
to write the foreword. It is in vogue to ask Michener to do such things.
Certainly as Michener's illustrator, Shaw had good cause to do so.
Michener's name on the cover may even sell some books. In this case,
though, someone closer to the subject matter, such as W. W. Newcomb,
would have been more appropriate. He may have even had something
interesting to say.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in general
works on Texas Indians. Shaw has assembled a range of information
and dealt with an impossibly large subject in a cohesive and human
manner. He touches upon the diversity of Texas Indians, their lives,
and their interactions with Spanish and Anglos. This may not be a book
for professionals, but it may be the one that professionals first recom-
mend to someone walking into their offices looking for more informa-
tion than arrowheads and massacres. Shaw and his publishers are to
be congratulated for filling a gaping hole in the literature on Texas
Institute of Texan Cultures THOMAS H. GUDERJAN
La Salle, the Mississippi, and the Gulf: Three Primary Documents. Edited by
Robert S. Weddle, Mary Christine Morkovsky, and Patricia Gallo-
way. Translated by Ann Linda Bell and Robert S. Weddle. (College
Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press, 1987. Pp. x+328. Ac-
knowledgments, introduction, maps, illustrations, tables, notes,
bibliography, index. $39.50.)
The three documents comprise an account of the Sieur de la Salle's
1682 expedition to the mouth of the Mississippi written by a participant
named Minet; the diary of Enriquez Barroto, a pilot with the Spanish
expedition that searched the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico from Vera
Cruz to Florida, hunting for survivors of La Salle's 1685-1687 settle-
ment at Matagorda Bay; and the interrogation by the French authori-
ties in 1698 of the Talon brothers, survivors of that ill-fated enterprise.
The Minet Relation, translated by Ann Linda Bell, is introduced and
annotated by Patricia Galloway. Minet made it plain that he believed La
Salle to have been insane, an opinion that is confirmed by much other
evidence. Galloway, however, disagrees. Enriquez Barroto's diary is
what one would expect from a competent pilot-comments on land-
falls, bearings, soundings, reefs, sandbars, safe havens. The wreckage
of two French ships was found, but that was all. The interrogation of


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 8, 2015.