The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 202
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his signature. It is quite inaccurate in its representation of the
rivers and of the coast, as is to be expected in a sketch-map of this
sort and of this period, yet it is of considerable value for the light
which it throws upon the narrative in the Itinerary. The lower
courses of the rivers, in particular, are mostly pure guesswork;
the coast may have been modeled on earlier maps. The route,
which is marked on the tracing in red ink, is for the most part in
agreement with that described in the Itinerary, yet it presents
enough discrepancies to suggest other sources of information. It is
hard to tell whence the additional information could have come,-
certainly not from the Letter,1 because this does not go sufficiently
into detail. The names as given on the Map, however, agree sub-
stantially with those given by the Itinerary.
The aim in translation has been to give the exact meaning of
the Spanish in clear, readable English, without regard to literal-
ness of rendition. With this end in view, changes have been made
in the word and sentence order, whenever it seemed necessary; no
liberties, however, have been taken with the paragraphing. When
the translation seems doubtful or unusual, the Spanish is printed
in italics within parentheses; the translator's additions and ex-
ish king Carlos II with sundry public appointments; and by Louis XIV
with the offer of a place at the French court, which he refused. In 1693,
he was placed by Viceroy Galve on a scientific commission, which, under
the direction of Andr6s de P6s, admiral of the Windward Fleet (Armada
de Barlovento), governor of the Royal Council of the Indies (Real Con-
sejo de las Indias), and secretary of the General Marine Department
(Despacho Universal de la Marina), was to make a reconnoisance of the
Gulf of Mexico. Judge Coopwood, in a note on Sigiienza (TIIE QUARTERLY,
III 66, 67), states that this expedition was to settle and garrison Pensacola.
At any rate, after carrying out this mission, Sigienza published in Mexico
a folio with the title, Descripcin de la bahia de Santa Maria de Galve, de
la Movila y rio de la Palizado 6 Mississippi, en la costa septentrional del
seno mejicano. Another work of his of interest to students of Southwest-
ern history is a manuscript entitled Historia de la provincia de Tejas. See
the Diccionario Enciclopddico Hispano-Americano de Literatura, Ciencias
y Artes, for a fuller biography.
'The Letter was addressed to Sigienza in response to a request of his.
No doubt he was collecting material for his Historia de Tejas, to which
reference has already been made. The letter cited by Bancroft and by
Parkman may be the other source of information.
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