The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 218
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
and some ship's nails, estimated as altogether about five hundred-
weight.1 Some of the guns were scattered over the ground and
some were on their broken carriages. There were some casks with
their heads knocked in and their contents spilled out so that noth-
ing was worth anything. Around the building was also some
tackle, much the worse for wear.2 The settlement was on a beau-
tiful, level site, so as to be capable of defence in any event. On
the frame of the principal door of the fort was inscribed the date
of the settlement, which was 1684.3 There are other details which
are noted in the separate description of the post. The party
travelled that day three leagues to the east. It appears, therefore,
that the total distance from the Presidio of Coahuila to this set-
tlement is one hundred and thirty-six leagues.4
Discovery of Espiritu Santo Bay and its Harbor.
23. Saturday, the 23rd, we set out with thirty men to recon-
noitre the bay to the south, trying to follow the creek below the
settlement. We took the French prisoner for a guide, because he
had told us he knew5 the bay and had been all over it in a bark;
in view of this assurance we let him guide us. He did not guide
us (no lo hizo) down the creek, because he said it had no cross-
ing. We went [instead] five leagues to the southwest; then, after
going around the head waters of two creeks, we went three leagues
farther, to the east, when we came upon (hasta dar con) the shore
of the bay. Here we slept, as we arrived at twilight.
24. Sunday, very early in the morning, we set out along the
shore of the bay, which at that season was at low water. There
1Twenty arrobas. The arroba is a measure of weight which is equiva-
lent to twenty-five pounds.
'The sentence in regard to the search for the other dead bodies was
transferred from here. See above, p. 217.
'The true date was 1685.
'This total does not quite tally with the total obtained by adding the
Map's statements as to each day's distance, which comes to 139 leagues.
The Itinerary does not always state how far the party travelled on each
day, and therefore it furnishes no satisfactory basis for a comparison of
totals. The sum of what distances it does give is 119 leagues.
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