The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 205
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Who Was Juchereau de Saint Denis?
left "a few men to form a settlement. With twelve men and some
friendly Indians," says Yoakum, "he continued his journey, and
in August, 1714, reached the mission of St. John the Baptist on
the Rio Grande. They were received with hospitality by Villescas,
the commandant of the post; and, making known the object of their
long journey, were requested to wait till their business was com-
municated to Don Gaspardo Anaya, the Governor of Coahuila, and
an answer returned. The Governor, for reply, sent a guard, who
seized St. Denis and Jallot, his friend and surgeon, and conveyed
them to the capital of the province! Here they remained in prison
till, by the order of the viceroy, they were conducted to Mexico,
and there imprisoned. At the end of six months they were re-
leased, or, as some say, escaped, and after two years returned to
Mobile, the then capital of Louisiana. St. Denis having courted
and married the daughter of the commandant of the mission of St.
John, it is likely that he made arrangements for smuggling. The
influence acquired by St. Denis over the Texan Indians was con-
siderable; and when the Spaniards under Ramon, the uncle-in-law
of St. Denis, established themselves at Adaes, the Indians were
alike friendly with them. This all goes to sustain the assertion of
Du Pratz, that the Spaniards were introduced there by St. Denis
for illicit trade." 2
The subsequent history of St. Denis is related by Brown, in his
History of Texas, in the following words:
"It has been said that he had great magnetic power. This was
acknowledged to a wonderful degree by the Indians. He had been
appointed to command the fort at Natchitoches, and was brought
in contact with them far and near, and could at any time on short
notice command the willing services of 6000 or 7000 warriors.
"The Natchez particularly feared him, and after the massacre
of the French settlers in Louisiana by that tribe on the 28th of
November, 1729, the chiefs, believing that he would collect his
friendly Indian forces and exterminate them, sent 200 warriors to
entrap him. These, upon arriving near the fort (garrisoned by 30
soldiers) were discovered by the guards. The Natchez warriors sent
a delegation to him, addressing him as 'big chief,' and begged him
a Yoakum, History of Texas, pp. 47, 48, Vol. I.
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