The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 67
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Notes and Fragments.
son, and the families to settle, the place in 1696; and it may be
inferred that Siguenza returned in the Armada de Barlovento,
which carried the troops and families over. But it is not to be
affirmed with certainty just when this famous character did go
back to Mexico, without consulting the archives containing the
report of the armada on its return in 1696.
The fact of the letters being addressed to Don Carlos de Siguenza
is not a conclusive evidence of its genuineness, or of its being writ-
ten by one who accompanied Don Alonso de Leon to where the
mission of San Francisco was founded. But by comparing the
letter with the military reports of the expeditions, a fair conclu-
sion may be reached.
Of course the original discovery of Espiritu Santo Bay must have
been before Fra Francisco Gomara wrote his history, which came
out in 1553, about 133 years before the Conde de Galve arrived in
Mexico, and the title, "Discovery of Bay Espiritu. Santo," is
scarcely appropriate without the addition of, "by Land."
All the peculiar prejudices of the French, English, and Ameri-
cans against the Spanish records made as the events occurred can
be answered and brushed away, by stripping their accounts of
what has been written by those whose minds were bent upon estab-
lishing that La Salle was the first who discovered the Bay of
Espiritu Santo, and called it St. Bernard.
That portion of Mexican history covering the years from 1680
to 1720 is so interwoven with the history of Texas during the same
period that its careful examination from an unbiased standpoint
would develop much truth yet concealed from the average reader,
and such a work is worthy of the consideration of the Association
as well as that of the State of Texas.
THE NAME ALAM.-In the last number of THE QUARTERLY,
Lester G. Bugbee' makes a suggestion regarding the origin of the
name Alamo as applied to the Mission Church of San Antonio de
Valero, the "Cradle of Texas Liberty." As far as the writer's own
investigations have carried him, it is the only hypothesis, if so it
THE QUARTERLY, pp. 245-247, No. 3, Vol. II.
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